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Businessman Released After Paying USD 7500 Ransom

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Mugabes family negotiated with the kidnappers to reduce the ransom money from USD 20,000 and settled for USD 7500. He says Mugabes family sent the money prompting his kidnappers to escort him to Ishasha border in the wee hours of Tuesday morning where they set him free.

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A businessman from Nakasongola district has regained his freedom from his kidnappers following the payment of a ransom of US$ 7500 by his family.

Robert Mugabe, a resident of Busoni village in Kituba parish in Nabiswera Sub County in Nakasongola district was traveling with three other business people on August 3rd, 2018 when he was kidnapped.

The others are Patrick Bukora, a resident of Migyera cell, Julius Saturday from Nsolo B cell from Western division in Busia Municipality and Sauda Nassolo, a businesswoman from Kiyola cell in Nakasongola district.

Gunmen dressed in suspected Congolese military uniform waylaid their victims near the Southern Gate Army Barracks in Kanungu district while travelling in a Canter truck registration number UAB 196J that was transporting fish from Kasese district to Ishasha in Kanungu district. 

The gunmen who emerged from Queen Elizabeth National Park started shooting randomly and injured three of their victims in the legs. They kidnapped Mugabe and later contacted his family later using his mobile phone number demanding for a ransom of USD 20,000 for his release. 

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Mugabe's family negotiated with the kidnappers to reduce the ransom money from USD 20,000 and settled for USD 7500. He says Mugabe's family sent the money prompting his kidnappers to escort him to Ishasha border in the wee hours of Tuesday morning where they set him free.

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He says the kidnappers destroyed Mugabe's telephone after withdrawing the money. Maate says Mugabe is now at Kihihi police station helping police to trace the gunmen. He says the other victims who were admitted at Kihihi Health Centre IV in Kanungu district are responding to treatment. 

Mugabe isn't the first kidnap victim in Uganda. In February this year, unidentified people kidnapped Susan Magara in Lungujja in Kampala and demanded for a ransom of Shillings 700 million from her father, John Magara.

After receiving the money, the suspects killed Magara and dumped her body along the Southern bypass in Kigo in Wakiso district. Police have since picked up some suspects in connection to the murder and arraigned them in court for trial.