Shakira Nakato, courtesy photo.
Police in Iganga district on Sunday afternoon arrested 27-year-old, Shakira Nakato, a resident of Nampirika A village in Nakalama sub
county over stealing a one-month-old baby boy from Betty Namale.
It was on Friday afternoon when Nakato approached
Namale claiming that she could connect her to a sheikh who would safely circumcise her boy free of any cost.
The duo walked together with the baby towards the
mosque where the sheikh was meant to circumcise the boy from.
On arrival at the
mosque, Namale went out to ease herself but, on returning inside the mosque, Nakato
had already taken off with the baby.
Namale says that, she alerted village members who told her how Nakato had escaped using a waiting motorcycle.
Namale now explains that Nakato had been frequenting her home and
showering her with endless gifts, which had prompted her to think that she
could even trust her with the child.
“Ever since I gave birth, people from different
walks of life have been paying me courtesy visits," she says. "But Nakato whom I didn’t know very well
kept on coming around, she always gifted my son with new clothing and also
helped us with general home chores but. I didn't know all along that she had been scheming to steal
my son from me.”
On her part, Nakato confessed to the crime, claiming that, she
had aborted early this year, however, her boyfriend is demanding for their
child before marrying her.
“We had a bitter split with my boyfriend and I resolved
to abort his six months’ pregnancy in February this year without his consent,
however, we reconciled in May and he promised to marry me only if I present our
child,” she says in her statement to the police.
The Busoga east police spokesperson, James Mubi says that Namale was hiding in a makeshift house within the same area when was arrested and attempted to flee.
Mubi adds that the suspect is currently detained at Iganga central police station and she will face
two counts of stealing a child and impersonation.