Nakaseke Family Cry Foul As Three children Go Missing

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The missing children are Hanipher Namiwanda ,12, Flavia Sumaiya Nakayima ,09, and Shafik Kezaala ,11, all pupils of Jerome Nursery and Primary School in Kiwoko town council.
Livingstone Ssekyanzi with calendar showing a photo of one of missing children

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A family in Nakaseke district is in tears following the mysterious disappearance of their three children.  The missing children are Hanipher Namiwanda ,12, Flavia Sumaiya Nakayima ,09, and Shafik Kezaala ,11, all pupils of Jerome Nursery and Primary School in Kiwoko town council.

The children belong to Livingstone Ssekyanzi and Jameo Nambalirwa, both residents of Butiikwa village in Kiwoko town council. It is reported that the three children went missing from their home around 4:30pm on Sunday.  

All efforts to search for the children have failed to yield any results. Jameo Nambalirwa, a step mother to the children, says she sent the children to bath in the bathroom behind their house but became suspicious when their friend came looking for them.  

Nambalirwa says she searched for the children in vain prompting her to notify their father who placed announcements on megaphones in search of the children in vain.   

Livingstone Ssekyanzi, the father of the missing children said that he initially suspected that the children could have been picked by their mothers but when he called them they expressed shock about their disappearance.          


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Pius Ssekatebe, the LC 1 Chairperson of Butiikwa village explains that on Monday and Tuesday morning, residents searched the nearby bushes and incomplete buildings with the hope of finding the children dead or alive in vain. 

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Proscovia Akol, a resident says that she met the children on fateful day walking towards Kiwoko town dressed in jackets but didn’t mind them thinking they had been sent to shops. Akol suspects that the children could have been hoodwinked by someone to follow him or her before kidnapping them. 

The Nakaseke District Police Commander, Sulait Kitaka says they have registered case of missing persons at Kiwoko Police Station, adding that Police officers are working with family members to locate the children.   

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In April this year, one month and week-old- baby Marvin Ssemindi was stolen from his parent’s home in Wabusana trading center in Kikyusa Sub County in Luweero district. Ssemindi is yet to be recovered, which has left his parents Isaac Kizibwe and Justine Nabakooza crying foul.

Last year, Kiboga police rescued a newly born baby who had been stolen from Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial in Luweero town council. The suspected child thief, Juliet Ndagire was transferred to Luweero Central Police station and charged with child theft.

In February this year, High Court in Luweero sentenced Charles Ayesiga to serve 12 years in jail after pleading guilty for kidnapping twins for ransom at Mabbale village in Luweero town in 2018. 

Section 243 (1) C of the penal code act provides that a person who kidnaps a person with 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 conviction to suffer death    

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