More Than 30 Vehicles Impounded in Rwizi Region

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Robert Walugembe, the Rwizi Regional Police Commander, says the operations targets all taxis without the checked band and those operating from ungazetted areas.

Police have impounded more than 30 vehicles in Rwizi Region in an attempt to stem the rampant cases of kidnap there. The vehicles were impounded at various check points mounted by traffic police and Field Force Unit personnel at places such as Ibanda road junction, Mbarara hospital, Ruti and Koranorya.
Most of the affected vehicles are taxis with tinted glasses without the checked band. Robert Walugembe, the Rwizi Regional Police Commander, says the operations targets all taxis without the checked band and those operating from ungazetted areas.

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The move comes barely a few days after two suspected cases of kidnap in the region. The latest incident occurred on May 02 involving 35-year-old Fred Karuhanga. Karuhanga was last seen at around 2pm on May 2, 2017.
His father, Nazario Bakantoda, says his son's phones have been off since he went missing. Prior to his disappearance Karuhanga was working with his family in their family businesses among them Hotel B Plus along Mbarara High Street.

Bakantonda says the family suspects Karuhanga was kidnapped for unknown reason. Karuhanga's disappearance came just a day after a Bushenyi-based businessman, John Rwamutwe alias Hedex was found dead in his vehicle.

Rwamutwe is believed to have been killed by his captors following his kidnap from his hardware shop along Bushenyi Main Street in Bushenyi Municipality by unidentified men. The kidnappers drove with their victim in his vehicle Toyota Surf registration number UAQ 567R.
Monica Ahimbisibwe, the wife to the deceased, says the kidnappers called her on phone and allowed her to speak to her husband. According to Ahimbisibwe, Rwamutwe asked her to send Shillings 500,000 to his captors to release him, saying he needed urgent medical attention as a result of torture.
She however, says she was shocked to learn later that her husband had been killed and his body abandoned in his vehicle in Kasangura ward in Kagongo Division of Ibanda Municipality.
Police is holding three people in connection to the incident. 

They include Henry Mataze, a businessman in Bushenyi town, Stuart Bweyare and another whose names have been withheld by the police.


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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.