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Suspected Kidnapper Of American Tourist Taken To Court- Police

Police has Thursday paraded a man suspected to be a master mind behind the recent kidnap of an American Tourist Ms Kimberley Sue Endicott and Tour Guide Jean Paul Mirenge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

According to police statement released by the Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, he identified the suspect as Onesmus Byaruhanga, a former convict aged 43 years old.

Best known as Kawonawo, Byaruhanga is a  resident of Kisamba cell, southern ward Kanungu town council in Kanungu district.

Mr Enanga said that the suspect has been charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnap with intent to procure a ransom before the Chief Magistrate Court in Kanungu district.

Police said that the prevailing facts indicate that on 2nd April the suspects played a supportive role of surveying the movement of the American Tourist from Bwindi National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park and furnished the kidnapping team to their local criminal gang, with information that facilitated the kidnapping of the two.

The law enforcement body said that the former convict was also highly involved in post kidnapping demands adding that he is also accused of planning and carrying out typical kidnappings, aggravated robbery and murder of a resident in Kanungu town.

The police publicist also said that the task team is also reviewing circumstances under which members of the local kidnapping ring were granted bail on similar charges of kidnap before court.

“We want to inform the public that police and sister security agencies have largely been successful in their efforts to combat kidnappings in the country and a large success is attributed to effective anti-kidnap strategies in place,” Enanga said.

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He also added that so far the kidnapping ring in Kanungu district has been dismantled and additional suspects are being processed and pursued.

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