Kampala: City businessman and Nansana Municipality Member of Parliament aspirant, David Katumwa has on Friday been arraigned before the Makindye grade one Magistrates court and charged with abduction of a 16-year old girl from her parents with the intent to marry her.
Katumwa, the proprietor of Katumwa Sports Centre was arrested by Katwe police after the suspected girl’s mother reported to police a case of a missing person last month after the daughter disappeared from home in Makindye on September 25 and later investigations by police found out that the 16-year-old girl was at Katumwa’s home.
It is against that background that Makindye grade one magistrate, Patience Lorna Tukundane slapped charges on him saying, “David Katumwa, a resident of Makindye-Luwafu Kizungu in Kampala district on September 24, 2020, unlawfully took a girl under 18 years of age out of the protection of her parents, contrary to section 126 (a) of the Penal Code Act.”
The businessman, however, denied the charges and was later granted a shs1 million cash bail, whereas his surety was asked to pay shs5 million non-cash bail.
According to Section 126 (a) of the Penal Code Act, any person, whether male or female, who;
(a) with intent to marry or be married to or to have sexual intercourse with another person or to cause that person to marry, be married or have sexual intercourse, takes that other person away or detains him or her against his or her will; or
(b) unlawfully takes another person under the age of eighteen years out of the custody of any of the parents or of any other person having the lawful care or charge over that person, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.