Top police officers charged with kidnap

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Seven senior police officers have been charged with kidnap of two Rwandese Nationals and being in possession of firearms and grenades.  Former commander of police special operations  Nickson Agasirwe,  Head of law enforcement professional standards unit Joel Aguma, commander of flying squad Abel Tumukunde, Kampala metropolitan police ASP James Magada,  Amon Kwarisima,  Benon Atwebembeire  and Faisal Katende  are charged  with kidnapping  Joel Mutabazi and Jackson Kalemeera .
They are jointly charged with two Rwandese nationals; Rene  Rutangugira and Bahati Mugenga Pacifique.
They appeared before a panel of seven members of the general military court martial chaired by Lt. General Andrew Gutii but refused to take plea to the charge.
Their lawyer Caleb Alaka is objecting to the charges and the jurisdiction of the General Court Martial.
Alaka is contending that his clients cannot take plea on a defective charge sheet
Prosecution  led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha  states  that while the accused were in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades which are a preserve of only the UPDF,   conveyed Mutabazi to Rwanda without his onsent .
They committed the offense on the 25th October 2013 at Kamengo in Mpigi district.
The three senior police officer have been remanded to Makindye mitary cells while the other six suspects have been remanded to Luzira prison until the 20th of November 2017

Police rescues two children from kidnap in Kamuli

Kaberamaido Police have rescued two children, a year after their alleged kidnap. They are 4-year-old Amina Nansubuga and her 8-year-old brother, Sharif Kanyike.

The duo was rescued early this week from the home of Margaret Itage and Catherine Imede in Ararak A ward in Kaberamaido town where they have been living for over a year.

Both Itage and Imede are being held at Kaberamaido Central Police Station. Christine Rose Shakina, the officer in charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit at Kaberamaido Central Police Station, says the children were kidnapped from Kamuli district last year.

According to Shakina, the children identify their father as Abdullah Kizito, a resident of Kamuli district. Kanyike explains that they were kidnapped by an unidentified woman and forced into a taxi in Kamuli on their way to school to pick their report cards.

Norah Erengu, the LC I chairperson of Ararak A ward says she received a tip off from residents on how the children were being mistreated and tortured by Itage. Itage told Police that the children were dropped at her home by her sister about a year ago claiming to have adopted them from an orphanage.

Police have preferred charges of child rights abuse, kidnap and abduction against the suspects. Police have also commenced a search for the parents of the minors. Section 126 (b) of the penal code act states that “any person who unlawfully takes another person under the age of eighteen years out of the custody of any of the parents or of any other person having lawful care or charge over that person, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

 

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Kidnapped Kanungu business man released after 4.2m ransom payment

A Ugandan businessman who was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC about two weeks ago has regained his freedom.
Yoanasani Kyariisima, a resident of Kabingo cell in Kanyantorogo Sub County was released by his kidnappers in the wee hours of Monday morning following the payment of a ransom of Shillings 4.2 million by his family to the kidnappers.
Dabtience Tumusiime, a brother to Kyariisima, says they sent the kidnappers Shillings 4.2 million on mobile money following protracted negotiations to secure the release of his brother.
The kidnappers had initially asked for Shillings 25 million and threatened to kill their victim should the family failed to do so following his kidnap on January 12, 2017 from his home in Kabingo Cell. Tumusiime says they continued engaging the kidnappers on phone until they struck a compromise.
He says Kyariisima returned home with several injuries on the bums and back resulting from the torture by his kidnappers. Joab Wabwiire, the Kanungu District Police Commander, says the businessman is admitted at Kihiihi Health Center IV in critical condition awaiting an operation.
He declined to reveal how far the investigations into the matter have gone.
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