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 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
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
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.
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.