Two maids who allegedly stole children from Kampala have been arrested by Crime intelligence working alongside Flying Squad Unit.
Shamillah Nasaka and Resty Nabasumba were respectively arrested from Gomba and Bukomansimbi districts respectively where they had hidden the children stolen from their employers in Kampala. The children are aged one and 10 months.
Ndeeba Police, on March 19th registered a case from Mariam Mubiru, 46, a resident of Ndeeba Central Zone, Rubaga Division in Kampala District, accusing her maid Nasaka of running away with her son Kabite Mubiru.
In her statement, Mubiru said Nasaka waited for her to leave home and later varnished with the toddler. Deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said the police team immediately launched a hunt for Nasaka until she was arrested over the weekend.
“Investigations started right away and the suspect was traced and arrested at Kiriri village, Kiriri Sub County in Gomba District. She was arrested with her boyfriend Emmanuel Seruwu. The child was re-united with her parents,” said Owoyesigyire.
The Ndeeba incident happened a day after Hahiya Nabuuma, a resident of Nabaziza village, Kyengera town council, Wakiso District had also filed a case against her maid Nabasumba for disappearing with her daughter.
Nabuuma opened the case at Nabaziza Police Post on March 18. Just like Mubiru, Nabasumba also stole the baby when her boss was not at home. Nabasumba was netted at the weekend from her hideout at Kigagagazi village, in Bukomansimbi district.
“The suspect (Nabasumba) was quickly traced and arrested with a child from Kigagagazi village in Bukomansimbi District. The suspect has admitted to stealing the child,” said Owoyesigyire.
Police is continuing with investigations to add all pieces together to ensure sufficient evidence is gathered so that the suspects are successfully prosecuted. Crime Intelligence and Flying Squad are keeping the suspects at Katwe policing division as investigations continue.
Owoyesigyire said Nabasumba and Nasaka will be arraigned in courts as soon as the courts start working on charges of child stealing. Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, suspended all court hearings and appearances for 32 days as part of the preventive measures against the COVID -19.
This followed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives intended to contain the spread of virus. Uganda has recorded one case while the disease had killed more than 15000 globally.