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Police arrest 8 men over masterminding kidnap of two-year-old girl

Police in Great Masaka, has arrested 8 people in connection with masterminding the kidnap of a 2-year-old girl, a one, Nawanyana Favour on December 20, 2018 (FILE PHOTO)

RAKAI – Police in Greater Masaka have in custody eight people suspected to have been behind the kidnap of a two-year-old girl, Nawanyana Favour, daughter to Sewanyana Ben and Nabukenya Salvia both residents of Lwamagwa in Rakai.

The baby went missing on December 20, 2018, and on the following day, the kidnappers called the parents and demanded a ransom of 4.6 million shillings which the parents sent and were directed where their daughter had been dumped in Kyotera Township.

The baby was recovered alive but trailing the kidnappers continued. However, the arrest of Kiwanuka Martin, the owner of the phone line on which money was sent led to the arrest of more seven conspirators in this crime.
This case file is with RSA as inquiries continue.

Since 2017 to date, over 30 women and girls have lost their lives in gruesome killings which to date remain unresolved. In addition, according to the Uganda Police, in 2017, 22 people were kidnapped countrywide and eight of them are yet to be found.

According to the Flying Squad records, between 2015 and 2018 a total of 48 people of different age and genders were reported kidnapped. Out of these 26 were found alive while eight were found dead. In 2018, 16 cases of kidnap had been reported by March 2018 with a few victims later reunited with their families without any known government in intervention to address the trauma they have faced while in captivity.

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