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Congolese Militia Kidnap Kanungu Farmer

A family member told URN on condition of anonymity that Mbeeta left alone to work in the garden with the hope returning around midday. He however, says two militias emerged from the nearby bush armed with a rifle and tied Mbeetas hands and left with him.
Unidentified Congolese militiamen have kidnapped a Ugandan farmer. The Congolese militia men kidnapped Isaiah Mbeeta, a resident of Munyaga village in Western ward in Butogota town council in Kanungu district on Monday morning when they found him tilling his garden in the Democratic Republic of Congo a few Kilometers from Butogota border.

A family member told URN on condition of anonymity that Mbeeta left alone to work in the garden with the hope returning around midday. He however, says two militias emerged from the nearby bush armed with a rifle and tied Mbeeta's hands and left with him.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, has confirmed the kidnap, saying they have opened a file at Kanungu Police Station vide number SD 12/07/01/2019.

He explains that after kidnapping their victim, the gunmen used his mobile phone to call his relatives demanding for a ransom of Shillings 2 million for his release.

He says they have already started moves to rescue the kidnap victim. Mbeeta isn't the first Ugandan farmer to be kidnapped by Congolese militias. The gunmen occasionally kidnap Ugandans and demand for ransom to release them.

In August 2018, gunmen kidnapped Robert Mugabe, a resident of Busoni village in Kituba parish in Nakasongola district while transporting fish together with three other business people to DRC from Kasese district.

The gunmen kidnapped Mugabe in Queen Elizabeth National park near the Southern Gate Army Barracks in Kanungu district. He was released after his family paid $7,500 (about Shs 27.6m) ransom.