By Steven Ainganiza
FORT PORTAL. Police in Fort portal have arrested six people believed to be behind rampant acts of child kidnap in the area.
The Suspects are Amos Mugume (24), Kesita Muhereza (28), Christine Marunga (22), Joram Amara (20), Deogratius Isingoma (18) and Robert Mugabo Ssalongo (23).
Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Region police spokesperson says upon arrest, the gang confessed to have engaged in the crime to earn a living and pleaded for forgiveness. She however insists the gang will be arraigned in court to answer various charges including; kidnap, murder and theft.
Tumushabe reveals that the suspects were found with mobile phones, vehicle number plates and national identity cards which police believe were all stolen.
According to Tumushabe, one of the suspects Amos Mugume has been on police wanted list until Tuesday evening when he was netted from Kasusu in South Division, Fort portal Municipality.
The arrest of the suspects comes as relief to the area recently hit hard by cases of child kidnap. In the months of October and November, five cases were reported at Fort portal Police Station.
Of the five children kidnapped, one was murdered and body dumped near Mpanga River in Fort portal town, while one was released alive. The other three were released after parents paid ransom to the kidnappers.
Kidnap cases in Uganda
Uganda witnessed an abrupt rise in kidnap cases at the beginning of this year, where kidnappers would demand huge sums of money in ransom to release their victims. In a number of cases victims were killed after relatives failed to raise the money demanded.
Most notable of those killed was Susan Magara. Magara a cashier at her father’s Bwendero Farm procurement office in Kampala was killed after three weeks in captivity, as her captors engaged the parents on phone demanding about Shillings 1.6billion ransom. She was later killed despite her father John Magara depositing Shillings 700million as part payment.
The 28year old was brutally killed, with her fingers cut off when she was still alive. Her kidnappers would later share the traumatizing video of how they cut off her fingers to the parents and direct them to pick the severed fingers at Namasuba on Entebbe road.