MBALE — Mbale District Woman Member of Parliament (MP), Mbale District Connie Nakayenze Galiwango has asked for more security after unidentified people dropped a letter at her home, demanding Shs400 million ransom lest they kill her.
The authors, who identify themselves as Ms Nakayenze’s colleagues of Mbale Secondary School of 2009-2012, order her to raise Shs 400million and send it to 0780723011.
The number is registered in the name of Moses Namisi.
The letter was reportedly picked by one of Ms Nakayenze’s daughters on Thursday, September5, 2019, last week from her home in Butaleja cell, Masaba ward, Industrial division, Mbale Municipality.
Ms Nakayenze was not at home when the incident happened.
The letter currently in police custody at Mbale Central Police Station reads in part; “Dear honourable Connie, we have been sent to clear you within this week unless you raise four hundred million on this number, 0780723011, N.M.”
Ms Galiwango’s daughter, who picked the letter, has already recorded a statement with police.
The Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, Mr Robert Tukei confirmed the developments and said police is in possession of the letter.
“Yes it is true, some unidentified people dropped a life threatening letter at Ms Nakayenze’s home and investigations into the matter are ongoing,” Ms Tukei, said.
Mr Tukei said they have so far arrested one suspect identified as Moses Namisi to help with the ongoing investigations.
“We have arrested one suspect and he is in our custody. We are determined to find out the source of the letter and the motive,” he said.
Mr Tukei, however, said preliminary investigations indicate the unidentified suspects used a student of a prominent school in Mbale drop the letter.
“The student has already recorded a statement as well and provided vital information regarding our investigations,” he said.
When contacted, Ms Nakayenze told said that it’s her daughter, who picked a life threatening letter, which was reportedly dropped in the compound by a stranger.
“My daughter called me that she had picked a letter, addressed to me. I immediately called my husband, who advised us to report the matter to Police. We reported and I expect police to expedite investigations and arrest the culprits,” Ms Nakayenze, said.
Ms Nakayenze has been crying out over threats on her life, which she says started after she voted against the removal of the presidential age limit in Parliament last year, contrary to her party position.
“I have brought these threats to police hoping that they can give me security but they have not bothered and yet my life is under serious threats. I have continued to threatening messages from unknown people,” she claimed.
Ms Nakayenze accuses police of reportedly withdrawing security from her home without her knowledge.
“They told me to apply officially, which I did but up to date, they have not deployed any police officer at my home,” She said.
“Unidentified people have been trailing me in Kampala and Mbale using a particular vehicle and motorcycles and I have tried to beg Uganda Police Force to give me security for protection but in vain,” he said.