A prominent businessman in Wobulenzi town council is wanted by
Police for alleged kidnap of a two-year-old girl.
Trouble for Christopher Wamala, the owner of Tofa Hardware in Wobulenzi started after Police recovered a missing child Nisha Nakate inside his house
located at Wampamba zone in Wobulenzi town.
Olivia Nakate the mother of the victim says that the child
disappeared at around 5:00 pm on Saturday from her stall located near her home
in Nakadingidi zone.
She explains that the child was stolen after she left her with a friend and
went home to change her dress.
Nakate says that they alerted Police and placed adverts on local megaphones in
vain until the following day when the maid informed her that the child was
inside Wamala's house.
Nakate says that the child was found smeared with fetishes and weak before
transferring her to the health centre for medical check-up.
Jumah Ssenyange the father of the victim insists that the child was kidnapped
for ritual purposes.
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Ahmed Musakana the Luweero District Police Commander says that Wamala is wanted
by Police to explain circumstances under which the child ended up in his house
Musakana however says that Wamala’s seven casual workers have been arrested and
are detained at Luweero Police Station on charges of kidnap.
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The case is being investigated at Wobulenzi Police Station at CRB 352/2019.
URN reporter couldn’t reach businessman Wamala for comment.
By the time Police arrested the casual workers, Wamala was reportedly away and
Police has issued summons for him to appear before Wobulenzi Police Station to
defend himself over the alleged kidnap.
Last month, Police in Luweero district arrested four members of the notorious
Three Star gang for allegedly kidnapping a top class pupil in Wobulenzi town
and subsequently demanding a 7 million shillings ransom.
According to Annual Crime Police report, 202 people were registered as victims
of kidnap in 2018. Of these, 16 victims were killed, 84 victims were rescued by
police and 99 among others were self-kidnap whereas three were still missing by
the time of releasing the report.
The report notes that the Kidnaps have been motivated
by the demand for ransom, vengeance by lovers, terrorism, and extortion or
self-gain from relatives and ritual purposes among others.
The penal code act stipulates that a person who kidnaps a person with the
intent to procure a ransom or benefit for the liberation of such a person in
danger of being murdered commits an offense and is liable to suffer death upon