Crime & Investigation

School Cook Arrested For Kidnapping Children

Police in Kampala is holding and investigating a school cook believed to be a serial kidnapper.

The man under custody is identified as Matovu James Mutaawe, a school cook at Mulabana Nursary and Primary School in Kalangala district.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said that the suspect was arrested following a kidnap of a female juvenile aged 8 years old from the Mulabana Nursary and Primary School.

He said that the suspect kidnapped the child from the school in Kalangala and took her to Gomba district where he hid her in the forest.

“Police tracked down this man and led us to the forest where we recovered the child and reunited her with the parents,” said Enanga.

“The child had spent three nights in the forest and she was already sick,” he added.

However, before his arrest, police says that the suspect has been wanted over the kidnap of two other children identified as Daniella Nakakembo aged 8 years old and Denson Segawa, 5, who he allegedly kidnapped from Matugga.

It is said that the suspect took the two children from Matugga to Mulabana Nursary and Primary School in Kalangala where he registered them as his children.

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According to police, the two children were also found and re-united with their parents.

Mr Enanga states that Police is also investigating how Mutaawe got a job as a cook at Mulabana Nursary and primary school.

Relatedly, police is also hunting for another serial kidnapper believed to be operating in areas of Kasangati who kidnap children for ransom.

The suspect reportedly kidnapped a child identified as Gift Nakimuli from Lwadda Village and asked for a ransom of Shs 2 million from the parents.

It was established that the parents of the victim afforded thirty thousand shillings only which they sent to the suspect who later released the child.

He later kidnapped a one Tumukunde from Kasangati town council and the parents paid a ransom.

The security agency said they have obtained the picture of the suspect.

“As police, we discourage payment of ransom because it facilitates this kidnap,” Enanga said.

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