A Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldier and police detective are in custody at Kalisizo police station for allegedly kidnapping a Tanzanian national.
The duo is identified as Detective Corporal, Edison Ntibankundiye attached to CPS Kampala and L/Corporal, John Beyeza attached to Arua Battalion 5. They are wanted together with Victor Nkundamukama for kidnapping Idd Sserugo, a Tanzanian trader based in Nakalinzi village in Mutukula Sub County in Kyotera district.
According to Paul Kangave, the Southern Region police spokesperson, Preliminary investigations indicate the suspects kidnapped Sserugo on Tuesday and demanded a ransom of 20 million Shillings.
Kangave adds that the suspects were picked up from a Guest house in Kalisizo where they were hiding after receiving the ransom from their victim’s relatives.
He adds that the suspects face charges of kidnap and obtaining money by false pretense, adding that they have also recovered the money that was sent to the suspects by the victim’s family.
The kidnap victim was also rescued. The Kyotera Resident District Commissioner (RDC) David Matovu has condemned the increasing cases of kidnaps in Masaka region.
The RDC has now tasked hotel and guest house operators to register all their clients so they can easily be located in case any crime is committed in the area.
He also warned members of the public against sending money to kidnappers without involving security.