Kabale, November 29, 2023
In a shocking incident of kidnapping, trafficking, and aggravated robbery, three suspects were apprehended by the Kabale police after a thorough investigation into the case reported by Tusiime Bruce on November 10, 2023.
The victim, Tusiime Bruce, a 29-year-old Mukiga businessman from Katuna town council in Kabale District, was reportedly abducted on the evening of November 10, 2023, by three unidentified thugs. According to Bruce’s account, the perpetrators forcibly kidnapped him while he was in his Toyota Wish vehicle, covered his face with a sweater, tied him with a rope, assaulted him, and robbed him of five million shillings. The assailants then abandoned him in the valleys of Bubare along Katuna Road before making their escape.
Bruce promptly reported the incident to the Kabale police, and the case was registered under SD Ref: 34/10/11/2023, subsequently labeled CRB 870/2023.
In a significant turn of events on November 28, 2023, while responding to another incident, the police spotted a gray Toyota Wish along Katuna Road, matching the description provided by the victim. The vehicle was intercepted, and the occupants were arrested. Upon further investigation and intelligence gathering, Tusiime Bruce positively identified the detainees as the individuals responsible for his abduction.
The arrested suspects were identified as Bakerwa Henry Munyankole, 55, residing in Rwamirindi cell, Rushaka parish, Kayonza sub-county, Rushenyi, Ntungamo district; Twesigye Bashir Munyankole, 41, residing in Ruti, Mbarara district; and Twesigye Sam Munyankole, 38, from Kampala. They were taken into custody, where they are currently detained.
The police believe that these suspects are linked to several other criminal activities in the region, including robbery cases in Kabale town and charges of stealing from motor vehicles (Kabale CRB 844/2023, Kabale SD: 65/01/11/2023).
The Kabale police took swift action following the victim’s report, with a homicide team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (D/SP) and Deputy Chief Inspector of Detectives (D/CID) officers visiting the crime scene. Statements from relevant witnesses were obtained, and the grey Toyota Wish (registration number UBH 734V) was impounded and secured at the Kabale police station.
The investigation is ongoing, with inquiries continuing to delve into the activities and potential connections of the arrested individuals. The police urge anyone with additional information to come forward to aid in bringing those responsible to justice.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maate Elly, the PRO for Kigezi, assured the public that the police are committed to ensuring the safety and security of the community, and efforts are underway to thoroughly investigate this case and related criminal activities in the region.