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Woman fakes kidnap, boyfriend pays sh700,000

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th April 2018 01:02 PM

After a few days of negotiation with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a secret rescue mission only to find Uwase living large and comfortably in a mansion.

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After a few days of negotiation with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a secret rescue mission only to find Uwase living large and comfortably in a mansion.

A 21-year-old woman, Mariam Uwase, is being held by Police for staging her own kidnap with intent to extort money from her boyfriend of three months whom she says is a “stingy fellow".

Using magic voice service, Uwase manipulated her handset and made teary calls to her boyfriend using different phone numbers, claiming she was in the hands of brutal abductors who would kill her if he did not send sh25m.

Concerned, her boyfriend sent them a deposit of sh700,000 as a commitment that he would send the rest. He later reported the case at Lugala Police Station SD REF. 10/09/04/2018.

After a few days of negotiation with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a secret rescue mission only to find Uwase living large and comfortably in a mansion.

Upon questioning, she confessed to her misdeeds because she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep back home.

She is currently being detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service any information which he or she knows or believes to be false, intending thereby to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he or she will thereby cause, any persons employed in the public service to devote his or her time and services to the investigation of such information, commits a misdemeanor.

A wave of kidnaps has hit Uganda in the last three months, some ending in brutal murders such as that of Susan Magara and Kyohairwe, while others have been either rescued or the ransom has been paid and the victims released.

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