Missing Isingiro Boy Found Dead

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Muhirwe was kidnapped from Kaberebere town council in Isingiro district where he had gone to buy scholastic materials after spending the holidays at his uncles place. His kidnappers contacted his family demanding for ransom of Shillings 7 million.

Isingiro Police have recovered the body of 14-year- old boy who was kidnapped on Monday last week. The deceased has been identified as Peter Oscar Muhirwe, a resident of Karindiro cell in Ibanda municipality and senior two student at Kagera secondary school.

Muhirwe was kidnapped from Kaberebere town council in Isingiro district where he had gone to buy scholastic materials after spending the holidays at his uncle's place. His kidnappers contacted his family demanding for ransom of Shillings 7 million.

 
The family notified police, which started investigating the matter. Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police spokesperson, says they recovered the deceased's decomposing body in a bush in Kyenyangi cell in Kaberebere town council this morning.


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Four suspects are in custody at Isingiro Police station in connection to the kidnap and subsequent murder of the minor. The suspects are Ronald Tumwijukye, a resident of Ruti cell in Mbarara municipality, Justus Kakuru from Katete in Mbarara Municipality, Douglas Katungi and a one Amutuhaire, all residents of Ruti.

 
Preliminary police investigations show that Douglas Katungi and Amutuhaire's phones were used to call to victim's parent for ransom. Ronald Tumwijukye, one of the suspects has reportedly confessed that they killed their victim when they realized that his parents were buying time to cause their arrest.

 
This is not the first kidnap for ransom in the country. Several people were kidnapped last year. The most prominent was the case of Susan Magara whose kidnappers demanded for Shillings 700M. 


The kidnappers went ahead and killed Magara even after receiving the ransom from her father, John Magara and dumped her body in Kigo along the on the Southern bypass.
 
 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.