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Gunmen demand $500,000 ransom for abducted American tourist

The gunmen who abducted a female American tourist believed to be Kimberly Sue from Endicott, USA and her driver Jean Paul in Queen Elizabeth national park are reportedly demanding for a $500,000 (about Shs 1.8bn) ransom before they can release the pair.

According to government spokesperson, also the executive director of Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo, the four-armed gunmen staged an ambush between 5.00pm and 7.00pm yesterday during a game drive, kidnapping Kimberly tourist together and Paul near Katoke Gate and Wilderness camp in Queen Elizabeth national park in the western district of Kasese.

The park borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). The pair was kidnapped while driving a vehicle reg, UAR 777E belonging to World Frontiers Safari. The gunmen reportedly kidnapped the pair and walked away with the car keys. 

Apparently, the gunmen abandoned unharmed the four other tourists, and it is these tourists, who contacted their lodge who got them rescued safely. According to army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, a joint team of security officers from the army, police and Uganda Wildlife Authority wardens has been formed to secure the safe release of the abductees.

Cases of abduction of abduction for ransom especially of foreigners are extremely rare in Uganda, although there was a wave kidnappings for ransom of school children and women in 2018 but that too subsided over time after it was revealed a large percentage of the cases were self-kidnaps or involved family members. But one case that stood out, was the kidnap and eventual murder of 28-year-old Susan Magara. 

Magara, the cashier of Bwendeiro dairy farm was kidnapped and held captive for about three weeks in February 7 last year as her kidnappers negotiated with her family for a $1 million (about Shs 3.6bn) ransom.
 
After allegedly receiving $200,000 (about Shs 700m) of the ransom money, the kidnappers killed Magara and dumped her body in Kitiko village between Kigo and Kajjansi along the Entebbe expressway on February 27, 2018. 

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0 #1 Mubiru 2019-04-03 16:53
In the wake of Magara's kidnap and murder the self proclaimed "experts" of the Communications Organization forced the hapless people to register phones to curb crime.

Their leader, (is it manager?) who always attempts to impress those who have time to waste listening to him believe the man is the country's answer to any communications problems whenever criminals use phones.

The kidnappers I fathom and suppose must use their "registered" phones to demand ransom and yet the "wise" men just regard the incidents as other statistics without explaining to the suffering public why their time and money were wasted on a bogus campaign when the country is continuously swarming in unprecedented criminality when thieves and killers use phone to accomplish their missions?

The trouble is that Uganda is the only country under the sun where every one claims to be brainy.
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0 #2 Akot 2019-04-03 19:03
Mubiru, agreed.

Uganda is a wild field & our people are watching, helping, waiting for complete destruction of the country!

Museveni will die as all humans do, then what as the tribalistic system will still stand but without the chief?

As there is no alternative to to Museveni, who will so called opposition leaders be opposing as they have no notion that it's 'the people' they MUST UNITE & now, before it's too late?

How will those who get hand outs/enjoy under Museveni live when the demon will be no more?
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0 #3 karemire 2019-04-04 00:32
Quoting Akot:
Mubiru, agreed.

Uganda is a wild field & our people are watching, helping, waiting for complete destruction of the country!

Museveni will die as all humans do, then what as the tribalistic system will still stand but without the chief?

As there is no alternative to to Museveni, who will so called opposition leaders be opposing as they have no notion that it's 'the people' they MUST UNITE & now, before it's too late?

How will those who get hand outs/enjoy under Museveni live when the demon will be no more?


Such kidnaps are usually not political. Please do not blame politicians (on both sides) for such things.

We do not know their (the adult-napers') motive.
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0 #4 Lakwena 2019-04-04 07:46
Quoting Mubiru:
...

The kidnappers I fathom and suppose must use their "registered" phones to demand ransom and yet the "wise" men just regard the incidents as other statistics without explaining to the suffering public why their time and money were wasted on a bogus campaign when the country is continuously swarming in unprecedented criminality when thieves and killers use phone to accomplish their missions?

The trouble is that Uganda is the only country under the sun where every one claims to be brainy.


Mubiru, FYI, the kidnappers are using their captives mobile phones to extort the ransom.

In other words, the longer they use those phones, the easier they will nabbed.
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0 #5 Concerned Ugandan 2019-04-04 11:43
These criminals are joking. Kidnap a Ugandan and maybe you may get away with it due to the incompetence and corruption of our security apparatus.

Kidnap an American and you will be found regardless of wherever you hide! Just ask Bin Laden!
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+1 #6 miki 2019-04-04 17:12
Hopefully, this will put the much-needed attention and action on this growing crime of kidnappings, abductions and muggings that have been happening in all corners of Uganda.

The first victims were 'small' insignificant people, and many ending up dead while a few others survived after their families paid the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

As usual, the people supposed to protect us all sailed to understand that these were seeds of a wider problem. Their reaction? They obtained armed guards for themselves, their family members, their homes and business paid for by public funds.

They left the rest of Ugandans to their own fate. At one time the Ugandan leader even suggested setting up a 'tourist protection police' as if the rest of the people in Uganda don't deserve to be protected! Deal with this issue of kidnaps, abductions, muggings, wanton murders once and for all and protect everybody living in Uganda.
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0 #7 Mubiru 2019-04-04 17:43
No one so far has addressed my vital concern, ie the incompetence of the Communications Body.

Whatever means of communications including victims' phones being used by criminals should have been detected by any efficient, competent, professional communications' organization which in Uganda is headed by a one Mutabazi.

It is why the American system, where the public never have their phones registered as in wasteful Uganda, is so competent that "Concerned Ugandan" warns the kidnappers of the consequences of their stupidity which, among other consequences,tarnishes Uganda's image etc. .

Those are the very "fruits" of tribalism where competence and professionalism are disregarded in jobs appointments.
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