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21-year-old woman kidnaps self to extort Shs 25m from boyfriend

A 21-year-old woman is under police custody for allegedly staging her own kidnap so as to extort money from her new boyfriend. 

Mariam Uwase, is being held being held at Old Kampala police station, after she was tracked down by police and found to be living freely and comfortably in a mansion despite making distress calls to her boyfriend that she had been kidnapped.

Mariam Uwase allegedly kidnapped herself to extort money from her boyfriend

According to police, Uwase manipulated her voice using a smart phone mobile app, Magic Voice to make teary calls to her three months old boyfriend using different phone numbers claiming she had been kidnapped.

She said her alleged captors were ready to kill her if the boyfriend didn't send Shs 25 million. The concerned boyfriend, innocently first sent a 'deposit' of Shs 700,000 as a commitment that he would send the rest of the money later. He then reported a case of kidnap at Lugala police station SD REF. 10/09/04/2018.

After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, police launched a secret rescue mission only to find Uwase living large. 

Upon questioning, according to police, Uwase confessed to staging the false kidnap, claiming her boyfriend is a "stingy fellow" who doesn't giver her money yet she lacks upkeep money for her siblings.

She's now being held on charges of giving false information. Kidnaps for ransom have been common in Kampala sometimes resulting into death.

In February, a 28-year-old Susan Magara was kidnapped and later murdered after her abductors reportedly demanded for $1m (about Shs 3.5 billion). At the time of her death, her family had managed to send about Shs 700 million. 


+3 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-04-16 13:15
Did you say her name is Uwase, the name sounds like it is from somewhere am not at liberty to mention.

That name sounds like re incarnation of laziness, many of these girls in that age bracket have groomed the art of "detoothing" and will do anything including feigning pregnancies in order to extort money from men.

Imagine three months only and Uwase is already doing what she does best, guess she has like 10 other men to whom she is playing the same game
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0 #2 Ugthinker 2018-04-16 13:33
All victims of bad government! People have been dehumanised through deprivations of all sorts.

Without hope many will resort to so many unimaginable things and before we know it Uganda will be unmanageable if we don’t change course quickly.
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0 #3 Jama 2018-04-16 14:52
In a country with a self serving gorvnment which has abandoned its own people.

So all means are necessary to earn a living, whether a legal or not.

Who knows maybe her fiance is among those robbing gorvnment funds.
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+1 #4 gatashimana 2018-04-16 15:49
It is very unfortunate that this young girl makes a mockery out of the real victims of this kidnapping and killing vice.

Just to make a clear example of her, she needs to get the maximum penalty possible.
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2018-04-17 08:38
In other words, the police has its plate full of copy cats.

But as far as Uwase is concerned, someone cheeky on this platform asked, whether prostitutes have private parts or public parts.
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0 #6 Wor 2018-04-19 10:02
Whenever a Ugandan woman is said to have been killed, first thing I see is having detoothed a guys hard earned money.
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