Man kidnapped, body found near Kabaka’s palace

LILLIAN N.MUTYABA

On Sunday, Muhammad Tamale, a taxi driver who plies the Masaka – Kampala route lost his phone to thugs who snatched it from him on his way to Masaka.

 Moments later, they called his colleagues to inform them that they had picked Tamale’s phone from a taxi. They left a message for Tamale to pick the phone the following day from Masaka town.

Little did Tamale know that the ‘good samaritans’ were instead assailants who were plotting to take his life.

Early on Monday morning, Tamale parked his taxi at washing bay near Masaka Taxi park and walked to where the people with his phone had directed him to.

That was the last that his colleagues heard from him, the next report was of shocking news of a body of their colleague dumped near the Kabaka’s palace at Nkoni in Lwengo district.

“He took his car registration number UAX-995X for wash and decided to walk on foot to pick his phone, and the next news we got was his death,” one of the drivers who preferred not to be named said.

Locals at Nkoni saw a white Mark II car parked at the exact spot where Tamale’s body was dumped but did not pay much attention to what was going on only to be shocked moments later after the car had left.

“I reached the scene and found the cell phone near the body where it was placed which I used to call his family members to inform them on what had happened,” AIP Martin Emudud, the officer in charge of Nkoni police post said.

Tamale is the second person to be kidnapped and killed in as many days.

On Sunday, a 33-year-old woman Charity Genius Kyohairwe was killed at Mulago near Kampala. Kyohairwe was kidnapped on Thursday evening as she left Pastor Samuel Kakande’s Synagogue Church near the Mulago round about.

Her assailants asked for Shs 5m ransom money. Within a day, the family had collected Shs 4.5m but on the advice of the police, they sent Shs 2.5m which the kidnappers confirmed having received and advised the family to find Kyohairwe’s body at the Mulago mortuary.

At the beginning of March, 28-year-old Susan Magara was killed in a similar manner. She was kidnapped at the beginning of February and for three weeks, her kidnappers demanded for a $1m (Shs 3.6billion) ransom. Her family paid Shs 700m to the kidnappers before her lifeless body was found dumped at Kajjansi off the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.