Police hunts minister Banyenzaki for highway robbery


Minister Henry Banyenzaki

The government official whose identity we protected in yesterday’s highway robbery story is the Minister of state for economic monitoring in the office of the president, Henry Banyenzaki.

Banyenzaki and his bodyguards trailed former Kabale deputy Resident District Commissioner, Moses Nuwagaba, corned him and took his vehicle on Saturday.

According to a statement Nuwagaba made at Ntungamo Police Station, the incident happened in Rubaare town council when the ex-RDC was driving home after a radio programme at Voice of Kigezi radio in which he reportedly criticized Banyenzaki for making empty promises to the people.

Banyenzaki tracked down the RDC all the way from Kabale town and cornered him at a place called Kidebbe.

Nuwagaba was driving a Nissan Double cabin which he was forced to park by the roadside after the minister’s Black Prado overtook and blocked him.

Nuwagaba tried to protest by locking himself in the car but the minister’s bodyguard threatened to smash it with a heavy boulder while putting him on gunpoint.

By the end of the fracas, Banyenzaki drove away in Nuwagaba’s car which he claims to have impounded because the “RDC refused to report to his post in Mitooma district” where he was recently transferred.

He claimed the car will now be handed back to the office of the minister for the presidency until a decision is made on the matter.

Nuwagaba’s phones, an ipad and foodstuff were taken.

Last evening, we called his cellphone several times and although it went through, no one received the calls.

It was the Ntungamo district acting RDC, Justine Mbabazi, who rescued and drove him to Ntungamo police station.

The Ntungamo CIID officer, Gume Bosco Ssalongo, says they have commenced investigations and will bring robbery charges against the minister who is currently on the run.

Police has also put up an alert to all stations in Uganda to find the lost vehicle.

Kigezi region police spokesperson, Elly Maate, said he was still crosschecking and would get back to us about the incident.

Credit: Kigezi News 

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