SEMBABULE. The controversy surrounding the kidnap of a six-year-old boy in Sembabule District has taken a new twist, with the mother admitting to taking part in the kidnap.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that Rose Nantongo, the mother of Vianney Ssebulime (kidnapped boy) connived with Edward Matovu, their former casual labourer to fleece money from the husband, Henry Mbabaali.
The development follows the arrest of Matovu by residents who suspected him to be behind the child’s kidnap and on interrogation, he revealed to police that he was lured by the Nantongo to kidnap the boy.
Mr Lameck Kigozi, the southern regional police spokesperson said police with residents have been on a look out of the minor since he went missing on May 30.
“We have been on pressure and we decided to put everybody on alert, since everyone was wondering about the way the minor was kidnapped from his parents’ home. We are happy that we have got the boy alive and kicking,” he said on Wednesday morning.
Mr Kigozi said Matovu led police to Kananjiri Village in Mijwala Sub-County at the home of Yuniya Komukama from where they recovered the minor alive and kicking.
He said police have also arrested Komukama, her husband Samuel Ssekito, a one Margret Nabukeera and a motorcyclist identified as Najib Luyinda who was riding Matovu at the time of the arrest.
Mr Kigozi said that the suspects are likely to face charges of child kidnap when police investigations into the matter are complete.
John Mukisa, a resident of Nabirizi Village where Matovu was arrested from, blamed Nantongo for loving money than her biological son.
“It’s unfortunate that a mother can take part in such a dangerous act in the name of getting money, we pray that the law takes its course and this mother gets an appropriate punishment that can deter others from taking part in such inhuman acts,” he said.