Woman Accuses ‘State House’ Operatives of Kidnap, Extortion Top story

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Nabakooza claims that Kisembo gave them telephone numbers 0754759561 registered in the name of Amir Ssemakula Migadde where they deposited Shillings 2 million and 0772544338 registered in the name of Bwiso where they deposited Shillings 600,000.

A woman in Wakiso District is accusing two operatives attached to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit-SHACU and Special Forces Command-SFC respectively of kidnapping her relative and extorting Shillings 2 million from his family. The complainant is Rahima Nabakooza, a resident of Najjanankumbi along Entebbe Road in Wakiso District.   





She accuses Amon Kisembo who is purportedly attached to SHACU and Captain Akampulira from the Special Forces Command - SFC of kidnapping Baker Senabulya on August 9th, 2019. According to Nabakooza, the duo kidnapped Senabulya for allegedly stealing a smart phone.   



The suspect, according to Nabakooza, informed the operatives that he had bought the said smart phone from a Congolese national. He reportedly led Kisembo and Akampulira to the Congolese national who reportedly confessed to have sold the suspect the smart phone.   




According to Nabakooza, even after arresting the Congolese national, Kisembo and Akampulira demanded for Shillings 2 million from his relatives to secure his release. Nabakooza claims that Kisembo gave them telephone numbers 0754759561 registered in the name of Amir Ssemakula Migadde where they deposited Shillings 2 million and 0772544338 registered in the name of Bwiso where they deposited Shillings 600,000.       



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She however, says Kisembo warned her never to go close to him because Senabulya's case was being handled by Akampulira. Nabakooza and her relatives opened a case at Kampala Central Police Station vide SD Ref 42/27/08/19 against Kisembo.   




She however, says they were surprised when the case was registered against unknown suspect. Indeed, the case reference indicates that the suspect is unknown. According to Nabakooza, they went to SHACU offices to meet Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the unit where they found Kisembo who followed them inside.  



She explains that instead of being taken to Nakalema's office, a certain army officer donning military uniform offered to handle the matter.  To her surprise, Kisembo and the unidentified officer engaged in sideline talks and later asked her to return home and wait for Senabulya's release.   





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Nabakooza spoke with tears rolling down her cheeks in the Office of Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, saying they are worried that Senabulya could have been killed. 



Akampulira, who is also a Community Liaison Officer - CLO under Kampala Metropolitan Police - KMP, wasn't in his office at Kampala Central Police Station - CPS to comment on the allegations leveled against him.  


However, Akampulira's co-accused Kisembo told Uganda Radio Network - URN to tell Nabakooza to go to hell. The KMP Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said he was waiting to get information on the case filed by Nabakooza and her relatives. 


He, however, he advised Nabakooza to open another case of extortion against the accused.   An officer from the SHACU who only identified herself as Azida disowned Kisembo, saying they do not have anyone with that name. 




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Kato Joseph
Joseph Kato is an investigative journalist with experience stretching from 2014 when he started professional journalism. His areas of specialty is in crime, security and human reporting. e has won two journalism awards particularly in reporting about rights for children and victims of security brutality.