A mother of a two-month-old baby and a traditional healer have been arrested in a Kampala suburb over a stolen baby.
Rashida Nakawoya, 19, a mother of two and Ssalongo Sentumbwe Senoga (right) were arrested on Monday evening in Kalerwe, Mayinja zone after the deal went bad at a native doctorâ€™s shrine.
The two were arrested by a security operative who was tipped off that a mob was about to lynch a woman at a witchdoctorâ€™s shrine.
â€œThey are here with me but I am going to hand them over to the regular police for further investigation, given the nature of the alleged crime,â€ the Violent Crime Crack Unit (VCCU) commander, David Magara, said.
The arrest came after Nakawoya, carrying her two-month-old baby, Saddam Hussein, walked into the compound of the native doctor with the two-year-old boy Musa Serwadda in tow, the Police said.
Serwaddaâ€™s parents Muhammed Kasuja and Mariam Nakimera turned up at the VCCU headquarters in Kireka, a city suburb, in the company of the boyâ€™s grandparents Hamisi Jingo and Nuru Nabasirye and were happily reunited with their son.
The Police said Nakawoya went to Senogaâ€™s shrine and called him outside.
But clients in the shrine, overheard their conversation and confronted them, prompting Senoga to raise an alarm, accusing Nakawoya of trying to sell him a stolen child.
A mob gathered instantly. Nakawoya was saved by the security operative who had to fire into the air to disperse the crowd.
Nakawoya, the Police said, stole Serwadda from a market in Nabukalu zone.
Nakawoya claimed she was working on the instructions of Senoga, an allegation Senoga vehemently denied.
Witchdoctor held over stolen baby