The man identified as Stephen Kakooza, a driver of Crane Mitsubishi motor vehicle registration UAY 061Z reported the case of abduction at Pakwach Police Station vide CRB:247/2020 alleging that he found three vehicles carrying abducted tourists parked along the Karuma - Arua highway.
Aswa Region Police is investigating a man for allegedly giving
false information in connection to a suspected case of abduction of foreign
tourists in Murchison Falls National Park in Nwoya District.
The man identified as Stephen Kakooza, a driver of Crane Mitsubishi motor
vehicle registration UAY 061Z reported the case of abduction at Pakwach Police
Station alleging that he found three vehicles carrying abducted tourists parked
along the Karuma - Arua highway.
The incident purportedly happened around Ayago Bridge on Thursday around 3 p.m.
in Murchison Falls National Park, about 20 kilometres from Karuma Bridge,
along Karuma – Arua highway in Nwoya District.
Kakooza, who was driving to Arua, told police in a statement that unknown
people also stopped his vehicle, abducted him and drove him in another vehicle
to a strange location before robbing him of 500,000 Shillings.
He also claims that the kidnappers forced him to abandon his vehicle on the
road with a turn-man. However, he further claims that upon returning he and the
turn boy drove away to Pakwach where they reported the matter.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema disclosed Kakooza
first contacted Police Headquarters in Kampala before the same information was
relayed to the region for immediate attention.
According to Okema, an integrated team of highway police from Aswa, West Nile
and Kyoga regions were notified to respond to the emergency adding that police
drove back Kakooza from Pakwach to the alleged scene of the crime but found
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According to Okema, police cannot rule out foul play in regards to the incident
and now want to conduct an analysis of Kakooza and his turn man's phone
conversations before the incident to ascertain the truth.
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Police are also investigating why the duo bypassed Agung and Purongo police
posts which as less than 20km apart up to Pakwach where they preferred to
record the case.
Several days of search by a patrol team of integrated highway police based at
Agung Field Force Unit (FFU) detach never yielded any results even after
security mounted roadblocks in neighbouring Oyam, Omoro, Karuma and Pakwach in
search of the alleged abductees.
Edison Nuwamanya, the Uganda Wildlife Authority – UWA Chief Warden at the
Murchison Falls National Park dismissed the alleged incident as just a prank.
Uganda last recorded an incident of abduction in April 2019 when an American
female tourist, Kimberly Sue Endicott, and her driver-guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge
Remezo of Wild Frontiers were abducted at gunpoint from Queen Elizabeth