Exclusive: UPDF Captain Survives Abduction


A senior Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) officer has survived a nasty abduction a few meters at the entry to his shop in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb.

This incident happened on Saturday Morning at around 1:20am. Captain Robert Namara was attacked by three unidentified men  who were in the company of two Rwandese ladies, the men forced them selves into the gate that was closed.

According to eye witnesses, Namara was attacked by three gentlemen who were driving dark tinted car which parked in front 400 restaurant.

As Namara walked closer the two men advanced to grab him  to throw him inside the car whose engine was running, a move he managed to challenge after punching one of the alleged Kidnappers said to have been speaking Rwandese language.

Before the incident happened  he was seated with a friend and  unidentified lady received call  went to the gate and entered the vehicle  that was parked at the gate  and they tried to enter forcefully  and the security guard refused them to enter as 400 restaurant was already closed . They started quarreling with the askari and Capt Namara who was already suspicious got concerned as he approached the gate   two gentlemen at high speed advanced to grab him and in self defense he shot at them to disperse them.

As a trained and armed soldier, “Namara quickly picked his gun and shot at them to save his life” and immediately getting home he informed Uganda Police that has already started an investigation to establish who these might be.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire this morning that although the suspects were still at large, efforts to track them down were ongoing.

This incident happens in the wake of insecurity and gun violence scandals that have left several army officers Kidnapped and many killed under unclear circumstances.

The most common death of senior armed officers that have been gunned down without clear explanation is former Buyende Police Commander ASP Muhammad Kirumira, Former Uganda Police Spokesperson Felix Kaweesi, Afande Muhammad Kiggundu among others.