Teacher, student remanded over child kidnap

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KAMPALA- A teacher and a student who allegedly kidnapped a four-year- old pupil of Kampala Parents School, Faith Emmanuel Poni, were remanded to Luzira prison yesterday.
Ms Phiona Namubiru, 23, a Third Year student of Makerere University and Ms Annete Kirambo 32, a teacher at Kampala Parents School, were charged at City Hall Court.

The charge of kidnap was read to the suspects. However, they were not allowed to enter plea as it is a capital offence only heard by High Court.

Prosecution led by Ms Pamela Orogot alleges that the suspects on March 14, at Kampala Parents School, took away and kept in custody Poni against her will with intent to procure a ransom or benefit for the liberation of such a person from the danger of being murdered.

After three days of missing, Poni, with the help of the school administrators, was found in Bombo by Flying Squad and reunited with her family.

According to the court record, Ms Namubiru before kidnapping Poni, a daughter of Mr Emmanuel Tombe, a Sudan Consul in Uganda, asked the gatekeeper whether the school had security cameras but he informed her that they did not have.

In her confession, Ms Namubiru wanted to get money from the rich parents. “When I got to know that there were no cameras at the school, I went to the school’s administration pretending to get a vacancy for a pupil, I was given a brochure and I decided to go to the class of Primary One pupils but the one I first called refused to come,” Ms Namubiru said.

She decided to go to the nursery section where she found Poni and being a Sudanese national, she suspected that the family was rich. She took her away after giving her a bottle of soda.

Namubiru then searched social media for information on a missing pupil, seeing none she called the school to say she knew the kidnappers and asked for the parents’ contacts. When she got in touch, she asked for a ransom of Shs18m.

But Poni’s parents blame her teacher for being negligent since she is their neighbour at Muyenga Bukasa in Makindye Division.

Court records state that Ms Kirambo had been coming with the family daily but on the fateful day she did not bother to call the parents to inform them about the incident.

Ms Kirambo, through her lawyer, Mr Ladislus Rwakafuzi asked court to forward the file to Constitutional Court for interpretation. The lawyer complained that his client wanted to plead guilty but the court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

The trial magistrate, Mr Moses Nabende promised to have the court proceedings typed before the file could be sent to High Court.

The presiding magistrate adjourned the case to April 13.

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