By Steven Ainganiza
KABAROLE. A 3-year-old boy kidnapped by yet unknown people in Fort portal, Kabarole district has been released after parents paid ransom to the kidnappers.
The victim Reagan Makune was kidnapped on Monday evening from his parents’ rental room in Kiculeta Cell, Fort Portal Municipality.
According to neighbours, the boy was carried away when the mother left him in the house as she took some clothes to the neighbour in the next door.
The kidnappers reportedly left behind a note indicating telephone contacts for the parents to call on to get their son.
David Tinka, a neighbour reveals that when they called on the provided telephone contacts the kidnappers demanded ransom of Shs8m to release the child.
“For the last three days, the parents were engaged in negotiations and upon paying Shs6m on Wednesday evening, the kidnappers brought back the boy and dumped him in Maguru, where he was picked on Thursday morning by his parents,” said Tinka.
He added that the child was rushed to Oat Clinic in Fort Portal town where doctors said he had no injuries, although he was weak. The boy was treated and later discharged.
Solomon Mugisa the Community Liaison Officer Fort Portal Police station has strongly condemned the act. He called on parents to be vigilant and always closely monitor their children both at home and school.
Mugisa explained that Makune’s kidnap presents a growing vice in the area, revealing that it brings the number of kidnap cases to three in less than a month.
An 8-year-old child recently kidnapped from Nyabukara was found killed, body wrapped in a polythene bag and dumped on the banks of River Mpanga. Another 2-year-old kidnapped from Maguru was found dumped near Kyebambe Model Primary school with two teeth removed.
Mugisa is asking parents not to always rush to give out ransom to the kidnappers before reporting to police for investigation of the cases.
Uganda witnessed a surge in kidnap cases at the beginning of the year. The most prominent one was that of Susan Magara, a cashier at Bwendero Farm Procurement Office in Kampala who was kidnapped in February, held captive for about three weeks and later killed. She was killed despite the fact that her father John Magara had paid over 700million Shillings to the kidnappers.