Kimberly and Mirenge were released by their kidnappers after receiving ransom of Shillings 100m ransom. Their kidnappers had earlier demanded a Shillings 1.8Billion.
At least 27 kidnap cases have been recorded
across the country since this year began, Police. Spokesperson, Fred Enanga has
According to the breakdown, eight kidnap cases
were registered in January, while 19 cases were registered between February 22
to April 28, 2019.
He says 2 of the 27 kidnap victims were recovered dead while
two others are still missing.
"Some kidnap cases were actual while others were self-kidnaps.
For instance two out of eight cases recorded in January and February were self
kidnaps," Enanga said.
The most publicized kidnap case this involved US tourist,
Kimberly Sue Endecott and her Ugandan tour guide, Jean Paul Mirenge.
The two were kidnapped in Queen Elizabeth
National Park on April 2, 2019.
Kimberly and Mirenge were released by their
kidnappers after receiving ransom of Shillings 100m ransom. Their kidnappers had
earlier demanded a Shillings 1.8Billion.
Enanga warned the public against exposing their
personal information on social media and public gatherings, saying it may end
up with criminals.
"Now children are coming back for holidays and parents
need to be very careful. Avoid sharing information about your family and your
individual information since it is sometimes used by criminals to know where
you are," Enanga said.
Enanga emphasized the need for parents to teach
their children to avoid associating with strangers who could take advantage.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.