Crime & Investigation

Reverend’s Daughter, Boyfriend Detain over Kidnap Scam

Police through its Flying Squad Unit have arrested a 19-year-old Peace Ansimiire, a daughter to Rev. Fred Muhwezi of West Ankole Diocese for faking her own kidnap.

A police statement says that Ansimire alleged to have been kidnapped in Bushenyi district but was found in Kasubi, Rubaga Division where she was living with her boyfriend.

Ansimire is said to have plotted to get Shs3.5m from her parents through pretence that she had been kidnapped for a ransom together with her 22-year-old boyfriend identified as Julius Atwebembire.

They intended to use the ransom money to start a craft shoes business in Kenya and later get married when they have amassed enough funds from their business, said police.

The operatives, using a tracking system and a bait, they were able to be traced and arrested.

An amount of Shs250,000 of the ransom was recovered out of the Ushs750,000 that was sent as a deposit.

The suspects claimed the remaining money was used to buy a smart phone which was being used for communication, said police.

The two are being detained at Central Police Station in Kampala on SD REF. 07/22/04/2018 and charged of obtaining money by menace.


Upon questioning, police discovered that one of the suspects identified as Atwebembire has been running a fake Facebook page named Hillmark Consultants claiming to help secure jobs for unemployed people in Canada.

He has been charged on another account of electronic fraud.


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