By Fred Kiva
Masindi Businessman and Village Sacco treasurer has reappeared ten days after his purported kidnap.
Charles Abekani, 36 went missing on December 2 as he returned home from work in Bwinamira Two Village Budongo Sub County.
Abekani who is also Treasurer of Salaama Village Savings Group re-emerged yesterday, ending his family worries that he could be dead. He says he was kidnapped by four men in a premio car near Bwijanga Trading Centre at around 10pm.
Albert region Police spokesperson Julius Hakiza says the victim was intercepted by his alleged kidnappers after they staged a road block with tree branches. “They put tree branches in the middle of the road to pretend as if an accident had happened,” Hakiza explained.
The group took the businessman together with his motorcycle to an unknown place, moments before they started using his phone to call his sister, only identified as Monica demanding for a ransom of Shillings10million or else they kill him.
Efforts by Budongo Sub county leaders and security to look for Abekani have since proved fruitless. Speaking to Kampala Post on Phone, Abekani said at the time he gained his conscience on Monday, he found himself in the jungles of Bugungu Conservation Area. The Wildlife Conservation Area is located in Buliisa, hundreds of miles away from where he was kidnapped.
“I remember seeing four men at the time of my abduction, but I don’t know how I got to the park. At the time I realized, I was in the park, my motorcycle was near me. It’s what I used to trace my way back home,” Abekani explained.
Other than demanding for 10million shillings, the kidnappers did not harm their victim in anyway.
Police has entered a kidnap case and the victim has recorded a statement. “The victim has recorded a brief statement at Kabango Police Station and we are tracing the alleged kidnappers. The good thing their phone is on and we are tracking them,” Hakiza explained.
However, the motive of the kidnappers remains unclear since they did not harm their victim or take his belongings, including a motorcycle. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the 10million shillings demanded by the kidnappers was the exact amount on Salaama Sacco’s Bank Account.
Efforts to speak to Stella Apai, the Sacco’s Chairperson were fruitless as her telephone number was not going through.