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USAID Volunteer Researcher Feared Kidnapped in Kiryandongo

The victim, Irene Achom, 25, reportedly disappeared on Friday shortly after she had left Gulu to travel to Mbarara City in Western Uganda where she reportedly was invited to attend a job interview.


The Aswa River Region Police is investigating the disappearance of a volunteer researcher working with the United States Agency for International Development - USAID. The victim, Irene Achom, 25, reportedly disappeared on Friday shortly after she had left Gulu to travel to Mbarara where she reportedly was invited to attend a job interview.

Achom's sister Jessica Alupo, 40, an Assistant Manager with Centenary Bank, Kitgum branch on Saturday, reported an alleged kidnap case at Kitgum Central Police Station.

In a statement to police, Alupo alleged that Achom was called on telephone phone number 0789885121 to go and do an interview in Mbarara City. However, when she left her place of work in Gulu for the said interview, someone called her on the number claiming Achom was involved in an accident.

Shortly, Alupo recounts that the same person called for the second time asking her to send mobile money on the phone number used for the call sparking suspicion of possible danger involving her sister.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson confirmed that they received a complaint about the alleged offence of kidnap. "On receipt of that information, a case of alleged kidnap was entered in Kitgum SD Ref: 18/19/09/20 and Police Flying Squad was notified," said Okema.

Adding that: "Police has attempted to track the caller using the given number and the global position system - GPS location showed the call was made around Kiryandongo Community Centre." 

He further told Uganda Radio Network - URN that no suspect has yet been arrested and witness message are yet to be transmitted to relevant authorities for joint efforts to help hunt for the perpetrators.

This would be the third incident of a kidnap case to be recorded in Aswa since the beginning of the year.

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