- The trio were allegedly buying a baby for a South Sudanese woman identified as Monica Akello.
- Detectives laid a trap for the three at a hotel where they would “sell” them a child.
A medical doctor is among three suspects arrested while allegedly attempting to buy a two-month old baby for KSh623,000 from a suspected child trafficker.
Gerald Akankwasa, a doctor based in Wakiso District, central Uganda was nabbed alongside Kenneth Kayondo and Christine Nambi by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Kireka.
They were allegedly purchasing the child for a South Sudanese woman identified as Monica Akello.
Acting on a tip off from one of the suspect’s neighbours, detectives ambushed the trio at Royale Motel in the city suburbs of Nalukolongo, Kampala.
“After receiving this information, we worked with Make a Child Smile, a nongovernmental organization and laid a trap. We informed them that there was someone who had a child, so the suspects met us at this hotel in Nalukolongo together with the parent’s child and pulled the money to pay that is how we arrested them,” the officer said.
Suspects’ client slips away
They also impounded two motor vehicles under registration numbers UBG443F and UBG107D believed to have been used by the suspects.
Upon interrogation, the suspects revealed they were buying the child for Akello, who had spent two weeks looking for a child to adopt. However, the woman allegedly fled the hotel before the detectives arrived.
“We’re still looking for this woman to establish exactly why she was buying a baby, but we suspect she could have either deceived someone of being pregnant for him or the child was meant for ritual sacrifices. She is still on the run but we shall get her,” SIU adds.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime states that nearly 20 percent of trafficked persons globally are children.