KAMPALA – Police have arrested a Ugandan doctor based in the US in connection with the disappearance of a medical doctor at International Hospital Kampala.
Dr Catherine Agaba disappeared on April 13 after asking for annual leave from IHK. Since then, she has not been sighted anywhere.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the US-based doctor has been arrested alongside another suspect and are being held at Kabalagala Police Station.
“We have arrested suspects who are still at Kabalagala police station. We are still investigating the issue and we cannot name the suspects at this time,” Mr Owoyesigire said.
The doctor reportedly worked at Nsambya hospital in Uganda before going to the US.
On Friday, the management of IHK, in a statement, said they last had contact with Dr Agaba on April 9 when she applied for her annual leave.
“Our last contact with her was on Tuesday, April 9 when she applied for annual leave. We appeal to anyone who has any useful information regarding her disappearance or whereabouts to report to the IHK Human Resource Office or the nearest police station. We continue to stand with and pray for her and her family during this trying moment…” the IHK statement reads.
The family also put out a social media post informing the public about their missing relative, but have not received any feedback on her whereabouts.
Cases of kidnap shot up last year after the infamous kidnap of Suzan Magara, a 28-year-old cashier, whose body was found on the Southern Bypass in Wakiso District after 20 days in captivity. According to the penal code act 120 chapter 24, kidnap falls under the offences against liberty. Section 243 subsection c, a person who abducts someone with the intent to procure ransom or benefit for the liberty of such a person from the danger of being murdered, is liable on conviction to suffer death.
Section 247 someone who kidnaps a child under 14 years is liable to imprisonment of 10 years