Jinja Police Division is holding a man for his allegd involvement in kidnaps, human trafficking and raping over 60 women. Charles Twine, the Spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate identifies the suspect as Robert Wanyama alias Jackson Wakodo, a resident of Busia district. 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 complaint made by a mother only identified as Sophia on October 30th, 2020 indicating that her 18-year-old daughter and a candidate in one of the schools in Iganga municipality had been kidnapped together with her friend and that the kidnapper was demanding for a ransom of Shillings 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 money number provided by the kidnapper to be used to receive the ransom. The detectives trace the victims in Kakira Sugar Plantation on October 30th, 2020 where they found them in a wretched state and rushed them to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.

According to Twine, the detectives continued the hunt for the suspect until he was picked up in Jinja on November 11th, 2020. 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 Zudehha Nabirye and are believed to be Wanyama’s accomplices, were arrested on Saturday.

According to police, the suspect has been luring his victims through his accomplices with nonexistent job offers at pump fuel stations in Mbale or Busia district. He would reportedly rape his victims in the thicket 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 Procedures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and rape them before abandoning them in Kakira sugar plantation. According to Twine, the suspect has confessed raping about 60 women based on the records from a notebook obtained from the suspects.