Dr Rugyendo Named Bishop Barham University Principal

On August 21, pilule Pierre Celestin Gatera walked into Muhoza Police station in Musanze District and filed a missing person report.

His 14-year old son François Niyonzima had gone missing – he hadn’t returned home since the previous day.

Gatera told the police that he had received calls from an anonymous person claiming that they had kidnapped his son and were asking for a ransom of Rwf1.5 million.

Police said in a statement on Tuesday morning that they mounted investigations into the matter and indeed it was established that the child was missing; next on the investigators’ agenda was to find the whereabouts of the boy and rescue him then apprehend the kidnapper.

The kidnapped child and his family hail from Ruhengeri Cell of Muhoza Sector.

“We started off by trying to understand what exactly the kidnapper was asking, pilule then we moved to locating him. We followed the telephone number that the kidnapper used to call Gatera asking for a ransom, ” Northern region Police spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Elvis Munyaneza said.

He added that; “the kidnapper, identified as Osiel Nshimyumuremyi, had used several Simcards to call the boy’s father; we tracked the phone he was using and we found out that the handset belonged to A woman called Penina Uwimana.”

Uwimana and her husband Jean Claude Ndayambaje happened to be renting a house belonging to Nshimyumuremyi – the kidnapper.


Neighbours to Uwimana told the police that they had seen a man and a child at Uwimana’s house but when the police reached at the house, they only found the child; the kidnapper had fled.

In a bid to get the ransom, Nshimyumuremyi later changed tricks and called Niyonzima’s parents using a local number claiming that he was a Tanzania police officer and had found their child.

According to investigations, the kidnapper had threatened the boy that he would kill him if he tried to escape or make any noise.

“On August 30, we located the house where the boy was being held. We hastened to rescued the child who was in a worrying situation, and when officers arrived at the house, they found the boy in the house and rescued him.”

Poor feeding

According to Munyaneza, the kidnapper was at the time not at home, and that the victim was being fed on raw potatoes for the ten days.

“We trailed Nshimyumuremyi and he was arrested later when he returned home.”

Police has since reunited the boy with his family as the suspect was taken into custody.

Uwimana, however, told Police that he wasn’t aware that the boy had been kidnapped, adding that her landlord had told her that the boy was instead his nephew.

“We are still investigating to establish if there were other ill motives behind the kidnap,” said Munyaneza.

He warned that, “People should not try to make money in such dubious criminal acts. Also parents should always keep a close eye on their children at all times.”

The boy had been kidnapped in late evening hours of August 20, from the neighbourhood where he had gone to play with other children.

Munyaneza said Rwanda National Police has advanced its efforts to deal with such criminal acts, including special training for police officers, working with neighboring, regional and international police forces and organizations.

The I-24/7, an Interpol communication tool that RNP has established at all border posts for easy communication among the 192 member countries on security issues, wanted criminals and stolen goods.

Under article 258 of the penal code, any person who kidnaps or removes a child out of the country shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of seven to ten years and a fine of Rwf500, 0 00 to Rwf5 million.
Bishop Barham University College, information pills Kabale on Monday bid farewell to two of its top administrators.

Prof Manuel Muranga and Can. Mary Dutch, patient the former Principal and University secretary respectively completed their terms of office at the Kabale based University this year.

Prof Muranga was succeeded by Dr. Medard Rugyendo who has been the dean of the faculty of education at Uganda Christian University, price Mukono.

Can. Mary Dutchi, however, is expected to handover the office of the University Secretary in a period of 3 months to a yet to be known successor.

The Bishop Barham University Community was on Monday afternoon filled with shouts of joy as the new principal; Dr. Rugyendo officially stepped in the college to start his new assignment.

Various speakers described the 2 retiring leaders as exceptional, commited and exemplary leaders.

Rev. Can Johvan Turyamureeba, the Deputy Principal hailed Prof Muranga for his high level of humility and hard work as he also applauded Can. Dutch for her profound commitment towards quality service delivery.

While presiding over the function, the Kigezi diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Eng. George Bagamuhunda thanked the two leaders for promoting the values of Uganda Christian University during their time of service.

“You have been great leaders whose legacy shall live to be told for generations and generations to come,” remarked Bishop Bagamuhunda.

Prof. Manuel Muranga leaves behind a legacy of promoting the development of local languages during his time of service as he established a Masters programme in Language Development and Translation at the University.

He also championed the formation of the Club for Intercultural Learning and Prayer which basically focuses on the fellowshipping of students from all corners of the world.

“I wish to see all people live together harmoniously despite our cultural differences,” said Prof Muranga in his last speech as Principal of BBUC.

The incoming principal pledged to work with the college stakeholders to ensure its development.

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