Mother Accuses Estranged Husband of Kidnapping Child

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In short
Namande claims that Kyakuwa is bitter and accused her of neglecting the two children they had together when she started her new relationship. One of their children, a girl Catherine Nakiranda, perished in a house fire after their divorce.

Khadijjah Nabbale has been missing for 13 days now. The one and half year old girl was last seen at her grandmother's Luweero home with playmates before she disappeared on September 18.
 
Nabbale's family in Ndibulungi village, Luweero has been looking for her since.
 
But Nabbale's mother Betty Namande is convinced her little girl was kidnapped by ex-husband Moses Kyakuwa.
 
Namande claims that though the couple have been separated for four years, Kyakuwa had made threats to kidnap and kill Nabbale who Namande conceived with another man Meddie Mivule.
 
Namande claims that Kyakuwa is bitter and accused her of neglecting the two children they had together when she started her new relationship. One of their children, a girl Catherine Nakiranda, perished in a house fire after their divorce.
 
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Nabbale's grandmother Deziranta Nalwadda explains that the child disappeared from her home when she had gone with Namande to tend to their gardens.
 
Sarah Namagembe, Zawedde Mary and Fred Kalule, all residents of Ndibulungi, insist Kyakuwa must have knowledge of where the child is. They say that Kyakuwa was seen at Nalwadda's home a day before Nabbale disappeared. They note that Kyakuwa had never visited the home since his relationship with Namande ended four years ago.
 
The residents further note that Kyakuwa has a criminal record and has been arrested more than once. He was once accused of having a hand in the death of three people by strangulation.
 
Police has since arrested Kyakuwa. In custody, Kyakuwa denies having anything to do with Nabbale's disappearance. He says that he cannot harm a child who he treats as his step child since she is his son Arshavin Kayise's sister.
 
Kyakuwa says though he was arrested by police, he was later cleared and released.
 
But Luweero Criminal Investigation Department Boss Topher insist that preliminary investigations point at Kyakuwa and they have sent his file Resident State Attorney for advise before they present him in court for trial.He however admits that they are still stuck because Kyakuwa declined to reveal where the child is by now and the search has not yielded anything.
 
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Last year Sylvia Ssuubi a primary six pupil was found murdered at Nansaka village in Butuntumula sub county in Luweero in what the key suspect Experito Kisekwa admitted it was for ritual purposes.He is still on remand at Nakasongola government Prison.

 

About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.