By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Police is warning schools on receiving and releasing children from school as second term opens at the peak of kidnap cases.
Schools opened for second term on Monday. In a statement, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima said in the wake of kidnaps and murder cases, parents need to personally deliver their children to respective schools while school authorities should have a system of receiving and handing over children.
He warns that school administrators will be held responsible in case a child is kidnapped at or from school.
“Schools too should have a clear system of receiving and handing over children to avoid criminal elements picking their victims,” Kayima said. He warned, “Schools will be held responsible for these inadequacies or criminal intensions.”
The police urges school administrators to have access control and have clarity of who is authorized to pick the children from school adding that this knowledge should be with administrators, individual class teachers and the entire staff.
“In case of any incident, schools, parents are advised to report early. For those who plan self-kidnaps, we shall prosecute them in accordance with the law,” Kayima emphasized.
According to police records, since February this year, about 20 cases of kidnap reported to police have been found to be framed up or fake. Five of these cases involved loss of lives of the victims.
Since February 7, Uganda has witnessed a spate of kidnap cases beginning with the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara. The 28year old was kidnapped on her way back home from work at Bwendero Dairy Farm Procurement Office in Kampala, where she worked as cashier. She was held captive for 20 days as her captors demanded ransom of 1million dollars (about UGX3.6billion)
She was killed despite her kidnappers receiving UGX700million.