Police shoot notorious kidnapper to death

Posted: 2021-04-09T14:14:56Z
Police shoot notorious kidnapper to death

The police in Fort portal have shot and killed Amos Mugume, one of the most wanted criminals in the area.

According to the Rwenzori West Regional Police Spokesperson Vincent Twesige, the suspect was killed on Friday by security personnel in Karamaga cell in Central Division, Fort Portal City.

Twesige says that residents in the area did not know that Mugume had a panga and they attempted to arrest him. The suspect pulled out a panga and cut the arm of one of the residents identified as Patrick Kyomuhendo aged 52 years.

While all this was happening, information had already reached the Central Police Station – CPS at Boma Fort Portal that Mugume had been sighted.     

John Oese, the Kabarole District Police Commander led a joint force of police and the army who surrounded the Karamaga swamp and on combing it, they sighted Mugume, ordered him to put down his panga but he refused, and instead attempted to cut a military officer who was getting closer to him.     

It is reported that Mugume attempted to rape a student of Kyebambe Girls’ Senior Secondary School in Fort Portal last month. The incident happened at around 10 pm when the S.5 student had gone to the toilet.

However, his troubles go way back to 2018 when police arrested him 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 found and reunited with her family after the parents reportedly paid a ransom of 2.5 Million Shillings.

Trouble for Mugume escalated in October last year when he escaped from Katojo prison in Fort Portal where he was on remand.

He is also suspected to have been behind many robberies, murder and rape cases and was giving residents sleepless nights.