Uganda: Katumwa arrested over missing 16-year-old girl

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David Katumwa. PHOTO | FILE

By Benson Tumusiime

Kampala businessman David Katumwa is in police detention to help with investigation into a case of missing 16-year-old girl who was allegedly last seen at his home.

Mr Katumwa runs Katumwa Sports Centre.
The mother of the girl, Ms Yasmin Ahmed, 37, a resident of Makindye Kizungu, Kampala, who reported a case of missing person last month at Katwe Police Station, said her daughter, Nadia Najjingo,16, disappeared from home on September 25.

Ms Ahmed said Najjingo disappeared after she threatened to beat her because she did not want to disclose who bought her a phone.
“I began to search for my daughter until I got information from her cousin Bakran, 17, who said Najjingo could be at Katumwa’s home and that he is the one who bought for her the phone,’’ Ms Ahmed indicated in her police statement.

Mr Ibrahim Kafuma, the stepfather of the girl, told police that when they got information that she was missing and suspected her to be at Katumwa’s home, he rang the businessman but he did not answer the calls.
“The next day when Katumwa called me, I went to his home and he told me the missing girl was at his place but he escorted her out of his home and left her to go home,’’ Mr Kafuma said.

Police say on October 15, Bakran called the mother that someone had seen the girl in Katumwa’s car in Nateete, Kampala. The mother then called Katumwa but before she could talk to him, he asked her about the whereabouts of the girl.

The Deputy police spokesperson for Kampala, Mr Luke Owoyesiggire confirmed Katumwa’s detention and said investigations revealed a close connection between the girl and Katumwa before she went missing.

Culled from Daily Monitor.

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