KIBOGA – Police in Kiboga District are hunting for a man who kidnapped three girls and killed them despite receiving ransom from their parents.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said John Kakongolo, alias John Isma Nsamba, kidnapped the children of Hassan Barigye, in Lwamata “B” Village, Lwamata Town Council, Kiboga District. Kakongolo was a builder at Barigye’s home.
Mr Enanga said the suspect kidnapped the children in revenge after being accused of stealing a TV set from their home.
“It is alleged the suspect (Kikongolo) got disgruntled after he was accused of stealing a TV set. As a result, he meticulously executed the plan to kidnap the former boss’ children since he knew the layout of the home and the children very well,” Mr Enanga told journalists on Monday.
He said the suspect later kidnapped the children aged 4, 7 and 10 before he started demanding for ransom.
“When Barigye called, the suspect told him all the children were safe but the following day he demanded a Shs5m ransom from the family before he could release the children,” Mr Enanga said.
He said family collected Shs500,000 that was deposited on the suspect’s provided number but he continued making death threats. According to the police spokesperson, despite getting shs500,000 as part of the ransom money, the disgruntled builder killed the three children and bodies dumped in nearby bushes.
“Two days later, at about 7:30 pm, the decomposing dead body of Natukunda, the eldest daughter was recovered in the bush, 90 meters away from their home. The following day at around 6:30 am, two other bodies for Nayebare and Mutesi were recovered by a team of locals and police that had joined the search,” Enanga said.
“We strongly condemn such brutal and cold-blooded acts of murder including children. There is no justification for such an extraordinary degree of violence.”
Enanga said they have arrested four people believed to have helped the suspect in the kidnap of the children.