Security Operatives Rescue Kidnapped 10-Year-Old in Kisoro

KISORO – Security operatives in Kisoro District have successfully rescued 10-year-old Irankunda John Mary, a pupil at Kanyacucu Primary School in Nyarubuye Sub County, who had been kidnapped two weeks ago.

The Victim had been kidnapped by Hakiza, a Congolese shepherd who was hired to care for the family’s livestock.  Irankunda is the son of Nizyimana Moses Bakuzi, a resident of Nyarubuye Sub County.

The Deputy Resident District Commissioner (DRDC) of Kisoro, Robert Tukamuhebwa, announced the recovery, stating that the victim was found yesterday morning after spending two weeks in Rutshuru Territory in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRDC disclosed that a 28-year-old Congolese national, Jules Mbonigaba, returned the victim and was subsequently arrested by Ugandan security operatives on kidnapping charges.

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Tukamuhebwa explained that Mbonigaba was apprehended while attempting to withdraw the remaining ransom balance from his phone and is currently in custody at Kisoro Central Police Station. The family of the victim had agreed to pay a ransom of 4 million Shillings to the kidnappers.

The DRDC emphasized that a larger group is suspected to be involved in the kidnapping, but Mbonigaba, the individual arrested, was the one responsible for receiving the ransom money through his phone.


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