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Banker, 10 suspects arrested over kidnap, murder

Rwizi Region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira speaks to media confirming the arrest of the killer suspects. (FILE PHOTO)

KIRUHURA – Police in Kiruhura are holding 11 suspects in their custody on allegations that they kidnapped and later killed an 8-year-old pupil.

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi region police Spokesperson confirmed the accident and identified the pupil as Ronald Kangume 8, who was reported missing on July 31, 2019, from his home in Ruhondwa Village, Kyakabunga parish Nyakashashara sub-county in Kiruhura district.

That after, Kangume’s captors demanded a ransom of $1m from Kangume’s family to have him released or else they were to receive him dead.

Kasasira revealed that the matter was taken up by police under CRB 805/2019 and suspects were tracked down and arrested through their phones calls.

Kasasira identified some of the suspects as Alex Asimwe alias Isaac 17, and Enos Taremwa 16, who are both casual labourers in the area.

AIGP Moses Byaruhanga who is the Director Police Health Services came with his team and exhumed the body. Kasasira said one of the suspects led them to the place where they killed and buried Kangume which was a few meters from the deceased’s home.

Kasasira noted that they found when the body had already decomposed. It was later handed over to the family for burial arrangements after carrying out a postmortem.

Another suspect has been identified as Pascal Kisinde who works with Centenary Bank in their Kampala main branch.

Kasasira confirmed that upon interrogation of the suspects,  they allegedly mentioned Kisinde whom they say hired them to get him ahead of a ‘muhima’ child and they were to be paid UGX 20 million on delivery.

“We have not ascertained that allegation of Kisinde hiring them but he has also been arrested and others to help in investigations,” Said Kasasira.

“We are continuing to carry out investigations into the murder of Kangume and more suspects will be arrested. So far we have 11 in connection to the incident and these will be taken to Kampala for more interrogations.”

In other developments, residents of Mushunga village in Mushunga parish Ishongoro town council were shocked when Herbert Tindeyebwa their chairperson LCI of Mushunga was found stubbed to death at night while on his way home.

Kasasira said that on the fate full night, Tindyebwa was waylaid at night on his way home after he left a drinking joint of Carolyne Kyarikunda at Omukayembe trading center.

Kasasira further said that investigations so far show that one Cleophas Nayebare kept trailing the deceased for about 300meters after the drinking joint before she stubbed him with a sharp object on his head leaving him unconscious.

That he was discovered by his stepson identified as Richard Twinomugisha who informed Tindyebwa’s family who rushed him to Ibanda Hospital from where he died from.

Kasasira confirmed that so far Cleophas Nayebare, 35 is still at large and that he has been staying at Rwamwanja Katarebwa town council in Kamwenge district.

The case was reported at Ishongororo police station under vide no. CRB 262/2019 as investigations continue.

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