Pastor’s wife kidnaps herself, demands 50 million ransom from husband
Police have arrested a woman who lied to her husband that she had been kidnapped in an attempt to extort money from her unsuspecting husband.
Miriam Kusuubira fooled the public, the authorities and her husband, Pastor Shadrach Kusuubira of Noah’s Arch Church in Kikajjo-Masajja, Uganda, that she had been abducted and that her captors demanded 50 million.
She had allegedly gone to buy land in Kawuku, Entebbe road, where she was reportedly taken captive.
Following her arrest, Police is calling it a case of elopement.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire told the media that Mariam is said to have eloped with another man.
She is the wife of Pastor Shadrack Kusubira of Noah’s Ark Church in Namasuba, Kampala.
Owoyesigire said Mariam was arrested by Katwe Police in Kikajo, Namasuba about 7pm local time Monday. He said she was found at her daughter’s place.
Meanwhile, the news of her alleged kidnap a couple of days ago sparked off a series of efforts to secure her release.
On Saturday, a group of about 400 pastors of the Makindye-Ssabagabo Division Pastors Fellowship and Association met at Life Church in Namasuba and they drew action points as regards the matter.
Pastor Kusubira belongs to that association.
One of the action points was to appoint a person (Pastor Tompson Byamugisha), who would establish communication with the said kidnappers, the Police and the pastors.
They also appointed a one Pastor Ssemambo, charged with co-ordinating the entire investigation. He would be in touch with other top security personnel besides the Police.
The pastors also resolved to maintain communication with the said kidnappers and the ‘victim’s’ family as well as start soliciting for the sh50m ransom. Little did they know it was all a sham.
Concerned about her safety and unable to raise the huge ransom that was being demanded, her husband decided to involve the police.
The detectives quickly swung into action thinking Miriam had indeed been kidnapped and was in custody of some criminals. The authorities were able to traced the pastor’s lover to her daughter’s house where she was hiding.
She was arrested and locked up at Katwe Police station. Mariam is facing a number of charges including giving false information to the police. Although cases of kidnapping have been rampant in Uganda, the police issued a stern warning against faking an abduction. It was not clear why Miriam wanted to defraud her husband.