A businessman from Nakasongola district has regained his freedom from kidnappers after his family reportedly paid $7,500 (about Shs 27.6m) ransom.
Gunmen dressed in suspected Congolese military uniform waylaid their victims who were travelling in a truck reg. no. UAB 196J near the Southern Gate Army Barracks in Kanungu district. They were transporting fish from Kasese to Ishasha in Kanungu district.
Kigezi region police spokesperson Ely Maate says Mugabe's family negotiated with the kidnappers to reduce the ransom money from $20,000 to $7,500. He says Mugabe's family sent the money prompting his kidnappers to escort him to Ishasha border in the wee hours of Tuesday morning where they set him free.
"We thank God that this Mugabe Robert who was kidnapped on August 3rd and his three colleagues were shot at and injured has come out alive. But this was after his relatives and friends deposited $7500 on the [mobile money] account." said Maate.
He added that the kidnappers destroyed Mugabe's mobile phone after withdrawing the money. Maate says Mugabe is now at Kihihi police station helping police to trace the gunmen. He says the other victims who were admitted at Kihihi health centre IV in Kanungu district are responding to treatment.
Mugabe's kidnap for ransom will reignite the fear that gripped the nation when in February this year,Susan Magara, daughter of wealthy businessman John Magara was kidnapped from Lugunjja in Kampala. The kidnappers contacted her family and demanded for $1 million ransom (about Shs 3.5 billion).