Six people charged,remanded over recent wave of kidnaps, murders

Kenneth Kazibwe

Law Development Centre magistrate’s court has charged six  men with a number of offences related to the recent wave of kidnaps and murders in various parts of the country.

Following the kidnap and subsequent gruesome murder of  Susan Magara, a cashier at Bwendo dairy farm  in Hoima district   in February as she left her place, of work, a number of kidnaps and murders happened all over the country.

On Friday afternoon, six people including Kamada Mugabe(22), Olo John Bosco(26),Ali Ddumba(35), Frank Ssendi(24),Brian Kaaya(32) and Herbert Lukwago(36) were  charged with several counts of murder and kidnap of various girls.

It is alleged that the group together with others still at large kidnapped and murdered Rose Nakisekka before dumping the body at Kirinyabigo, Mutundwe in Kampala district on May 11.

They are also accused of kidnapping Halima Rehema Nabwanika on May 24 in Masajja, Wakiso district before killing and dumping her body in a bush.

The group is also accused of kidnapping and later demanding huge sums of money in ransom from the families of the deceased girls but went ahead and killed them.

In one incident, Mugabe asked court that he is remanded in a separate prison with the other accused saying he is fearing for his life.

“Your worship, I request that I am separated from these people because I fear some of them my harm me,”Mugabe said before the presiding magistrate accepted to grant the order.

Grade one Magistrate Nsenge Roseline told them that they could not take plea because their charges are capital in nature and the court has no jurisdiction to handle them.

They were remanded to Luzira until July 11.

Following the kidnap and resultant murder of Magara, over 30 other people were kidnapped and some of them were killed, a thing that puzzled police on the people behind the crime and the motive.

The kidnappers would demand for money as a ransom but on many occasions they would kill the victims despite receiving the ransom they had demanded.

This state of affairs that saw police overwhelmed promoted the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence to join the investigations and consequently led to arrest of over 20 people, six of whom appeared at the Law Development Centre on Friday.

The crime has since greatly reduced .

 

 

 

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