PAKWACH. A mother and her one-and-a-half-year-old child have re-united 10 months after the toddler was abducted.

Ms Comfort Kiturach, a resident of Lubiri A cell, Pakwach town council reunited with her daughter on Monday ever since she was stolen in December 2020.

The baby was six months old at the time of abduction and the incident happened when the suspect, a Congolese national disguised as a hairdresser and duped the mother of the child in a salon at Pakwach town council. She allegedly requested to carry the child but immediately disappeared with it.

After nearly ten months of thorough search both in neighbouring areas of Congo and parts of Uganda, the suspect, identified as Christine Ajaruva, 45, was arrested in Bweyale in Kiryandongo district by police after a tip off from a group of youths who identified her.

Police say that after interrogation in Kiryandongo, the suspect confessed to stealing the child but said it was due to intense pressure from her lover to whom she had lied that she gave birth to his child and that she had left the child in Pakwach.

Police in Kiryadongo then coordinated with their counterparts in Pakwach to take the mother of the lost child with a birth certificate to ascertain paternity of the child.

"When I heard that my child was found in Bweyale, I did not believe it for I tried all means to find where my girl had been taken, some people were speculating that she could have been used as ritual sacrifice", Keturach said.

She continued "It's my rightful daughter though she can't easily recognise me at the moment, I'm happy for every one who stood by me, we want to organise special prayer for this, many people thought she was dead, this is to cleanse bad omen".

Their return from Kiryandongo attracted a crowd which wanted to lynch the suspect but police whisked her away to Pakwach main police station at 7:30 pm upon arrival.

The child was later handed over to the mother at Pakwach police station and the suspect detained as police investigations continue.

According to the 2020 police annual report, Kidnaps/abductions have been motivated by demand for economic gains, vengeance by lovers, extortion or self-gain from relatives and ritual purposes among others.

With a total of 207 cases of Kidnap of children reported throughout the country compared to 159 cases reported in 2019, giving a 30% increase.

By the end of the year, 92 cases were still under inquiry, 53 cases were taken to court, 62 cases were closed and put away.

A total of 225 persons were registered as victims of kidnap. Of these, 11 victims were killed, 94 victims were tracked and rescued by Police, 104 victims resurfaced by themselveswhile 16 victims were still missing by the end of the year.

122 suspects of kidnap were arrested, of whom, 94 were charged to court, 07 were convicted, 75 were remanded, 13 were released on bail while 27 were released on Police bond.idnaps/abductions have been motivated by demand for economic gains, vengeance by lovers, extortion or self-gain from relatives and ritual purposes among others.

A total of 207 cases of Kidnap were reported throughout the country compared to 159 cases reported in 2019, giving a 30% increase. 142 cases were real kidnaps while 65 cases were that of self-kidnap. 

By the end of the year, 92 cases were still under inquiry, 53 cases were taken to court.