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Most Wanted Kidnapper Strikes at Kyebambe Secondary, Attempts to Murder Student

According to the Rwenzori West regional police Spokesperson, Vincent Twesige, the incident happened at around 10pm on Thursday night, when an S.5 student identified as Lucy Nagawa went to the toilet
05 Mar 2021 19:16
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Amos Mugume, the most wanted serial kidnapper in Tooro Sub-region, yesterday attempted to murder a student of Kyebambe Girls’ Senior Secondary School in Fort Portal Tourism City.

  According to the Rwenzori West regional police Spokesperson, Vincent Twesige, the incident happened at around 10pm on Thursday night, when an S.5 student identified as Lucy Nagawa went to the toilet.

Twesige says that when the 21-year-old student was still in the toilet, a man who was later identified as Mugume, pounced and pulled her out and started dragging her into the nearby bush.

In a statement recorded at Fort Portal Central Police Station by the school’s Security Master, Paul Mutwama, said Mugume ordered the girl to keep quiet or he stabs her to death but the girl defied and screamed loudly.

“When she continued making an alarm, the thug stubbed her on the head, causing her injuries,” reads part of Twesige’s statement on the matter.

The statement further reveals that another girl who had also gone to the toilet heard the screaming by her colleague and she decided to also make an alarm that attracted more students to come to their rescue.

“When the thug saw others coming, he ran away with his knife,” says Twesige.

The regional police spokesperson says the school authorities quickly notified police and a team from the Criminal Investigations Department -CID from Fort Portal police, the Homicide team and Scene of Crime Officers – SOCO visited the scene where they recovered exhibits. 

According to Twesige, the suspect could have taken advantage of the bush around the latrine to hatch his plan and police suspects he wanted to either rape, murder or kidnap the victim. So far, police has only preferred the attempted murder charge against him.  

The Kyebambe Girl’s Senior Secondary School head teacher, Esther Gidudu, has told our reporter that the student was first rushed to Kabarole hospital before her parents asked to take her to Fort Portal regional referral hospital where she is reportedly responding to treatment.

Gidudu, however, reveals that it is not the first time Mugume is attempting to do the same thing at the same school.

She says that Mugume, who has ever worked at Kyebambe as a casual labourer, knows all the corners of the school and in 2018 he attempted to do the same thing but still took off without a trace.

She explains that they were able to easily know that it is Mugume because the victim quickly identified him when they showed her his photo that police reportedly gave to the school.

Gidudu adds that as a school, they are so worried because even when they have an option of renovating the toilets within the dormitories, Mugume knows them since he has ever hidden there a stolen number plates of a former teacher's vehicle that he returned after getting a ransom.  

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According to Gidudu, Mugume could be conniving with some people within the security circles to commit crimes, saying that even when he is known to the police, his photo has never been published anywhere announcing him as a wanted person.

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  The head teacher also says that they are now working around the clock to ensure maximum security at the school for the safety of the students and staff. 

But Twesige has refuted the allegations of police conniving with Mugume, saying that they do not have his photo and Gidudu can give it them so that they publish it for the public to know that he is a wanted criminal.

In 2018, Police arrested Mugume and six others for allegedly kidnapping Emmanuelle Lisha Ahumuza, a one and half-year-old girl from her parents’ home in Maguru, Central Division Fort Portal Tourism City.  Ahumuza was reunited with her family after the parents reportedly paid a ransom of 2.5 Million Shillings.

The suspects who include Kesta Muhereza, Christine Marunga, Joram Amara, Deogratius Isingoma and Robert Mugabo Ssalongo were also accused of being behind the numerous thefts of vehicle number plates in Fort Portal city and Kabarole district.

  

However, in October last year, Mugume escaped from Katojo prison in Fort Portal where he was on remand for a number of crimes including murder, rape, theft and kidnap.

When contacted, the Prison Spokesperson, Frank Baine, then only said that Mugume had taken advantage of a heavy down pour that day to escape though he has never been rearrested.