The police in Jinja are holding a man for his allegd involvement in kidnaps, human trafficking and raping over 60 women.
According Charles Twine, the spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), the man, Robert Wanyama alias Jackson Wakodo, a resident of Busia district has confessed to the offence. He kept a notebook at his house where he recorded the particulars of his victims.
He was picked up from Jinja district in a joint security operation involving officers from the Police Flying Squad Unit, Criminal Investigations Directorate and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).
His arrest was triggered by a case of kidnap which was reported on October 30 by a mother only identified as Sophia, after her 18-year-old daughter and a candidate in one of the schools in Iganga municipality went missing.
The daughter disappeared with her friend and that their kidnapper demanded for a ransom of Shs 500,000.
Upon receiving the complaint, detectives from Police flying squad unit, CID and CMI were dispatched from Kampala to trace the suspect using the mobile phone number he had provided to the parents to send the money.
The victims were rescued from Kakira sugar plantation in a wretched state and were rushed to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.
According to Twine, the detectives continued the hunt for the suspect until when he was picked up in Jinja on November 11.
Detectives established that the suspect was part of a syndicate involving other people who are still at large. Two women, one of whom has been identified as Zubedah Nabirye, believed to be Wanyama’s accomplices, were arrested last Saturday.
According to police, the suspect has been luring his victims through his accomplices with nonexistent job offers at fuel pump stations in Mbale or Busia district.
He would allegedly rape his victims from thickets on their way to the purported destination.
According to police, some of the victims were forcibly kidnapped from the gardens of Bugembe Church of Uganda Cathedral by the suspect after presenting himself as a security officer.
He would fault his victim for failing to observe the standard operating orocedures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and rape them before abandoning them in Kakira sugar plantation.
The suspect has recorded an extra-judicial statement as police detectives reconstructed the crime scenes and intensified their hunt for more of the man’s victims.
“So far only eight victims have been identified,” Twine said.
The suspect is currently locked up at Jinja Police station pending transfer to Kampala for further investigations before he appears in court on charges of rape, kidnap, trafficking in persons as well as aggravated robbery.
“We condemn such vicious criminal acts, but also encourage the general public especially parents to keep an eye on the movement of their children,” Twine said.