A police manhunt is in full swing as they search for a Congolese national believed to be involved in the kidnapping of a 10 year-old boy. Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police spokesperson, shared the details of the case, which has left the local community in shock.
The victim, John Mary Irankunda, is the son of Moses Bakunzi Ninzeyimana, who works as a teacher at Nsungwe primary school in Kisoro. Their peaceful life was disrupted when a suspect, known only as Hakizi, kidnapped young Irankunda and demanded a ransom of sh800,000 for his release.
The incident unfolded about a month ago when Irankunda’s father, Ninzeyimana, hired Hakiza as a casual laborer in their home. Little did they know that this decision would lead to a terrifying ordeal for their family.
On Sunday, October 22, 2023, at around 10:00 pm, Hakiza mysteriously vanished, taking young Irankunda with him. To make matters worse, he also seized a mobile phone belonging to the complainant’s sister-in-law, equipped with the phone number 0772566541. Hakiza began using this phone to contact Irankunda’s father, demanding the sh800,000 ransom for the safe return of the child.
Hakiza instructed Ninzeyimana to send the ransom money to the phone number 0789478927. As of the latest update, the whereabouts of the young victim remain unknown, and the suspect, Hakiza, is still on the run.
The case was initially reported as a disappearance at Busanza Police Post on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. However, on Sunday at around 10:30 pm, Ninzeyimana escalated the matter to Kisoro Central Police Station (CPS), prompting the retrieval of the case file. Law enforcement is now actively working on obtaining call data for the telephone numbers currently in use by the suspect.
The primary objective is to locate and rescue the victim, as well as apprehend Hakiza for the necessary legal action. As of Monday evening, the police have not provided further updates on the ongoing investigation, leaving the community anxiously awaiting news of the missing child’s safe return.