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Police Arrest Suspected Serial Child Kidnapper

Enanga says they also received information indicating that Matovu was also being hunted by police in Matugga town council in Wakiso district for kidnapping, Daniella Nakakembo and Johnson Segawa on May 12, 2019.
Police Spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga

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Police is holding a man believed to be behind the kidnap of several children in Wakiso, Kalangala and Gomba districts. James Matovu Mutaawe was picked up over the weekend in a joint security operation, according to Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga.  

He says Matovu was picked up with his latest victim, Angel Nakyondwe, whom he had hidden in a forest, after being trailed in the three districts. 

According to Police, Matovu could kidnap children from Wakiso and take them to Kalangala, while those he kidnaps from Kalangala end up in Gomba and those from Gomba are hidden in areas around Kampala.

Enanga says Matovu approached the management of Mulalama Primary School in Kalangala District to offer him a job of a cook. He has reportedly been kidnapping children from different parts and register them at the same school as his own.

His arrest followed the kidnap of Nakyondwe from Malalama P/S School at the start of last week. The School administration alerted police, which launched a manhunt for the suspect. 

Upon his arrest, Matovu led police to Musenene forest in Gomba where he had hidden the nine-year-old for three days. Police reunited the girl with her parents and assigned a trauma specialist to help the girl recover from the bad experience.

Enanga says they also received information indicating that Matovu was also being hunted by police in Matugga town council in Wakiso district for kidnapping, Daniella Nakakembo and Johnson Segawa on May 12, 2019.

Police say Matovu registered the children as his own at Mulalama P/S in Kalangala district. Police raided the school and recovered Nakakembo. 

Segawa’s whereabouts have remained a mystery. Mulalama School administration terminated Matovu’s contract but were surprised how he gained access last week and kidnapped Nakyondwe.

Enanga said Matovu is being held for three cases of kidnap. He says they have widened investigations to establish whether other children could have been kidnapped by the suspect. 

Similarly, police have launched a manhunt for unidentified man accused of kidnapping two children in Kasangati and Matugga town councils respectively. Police says the suspects kidnapped Gift Nakimuli and Joshua Tumukunde but released them after receiving ransom from their parents.

Tumukunde was kidnapped at 6pm at Seventh Day Adventist church in Matugga. He regained his freedom after his parents paid the kidnapper unspecified amount of money. In Kasangati, the kidnapper received 30,000 Shillings and put the child in a taxi that dropped it a nearby stage. 

Enanga urged parents to be very careful with people they live their children with but also avoid letting children walk alone on the road going to school or church.

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