By Our Reporter
Police on Tuesday arrested a born again pastor over the kidnap and murder of a 19 y’r old girl a one Brinah Nalule.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire identified the pastor as Ronald Wambuzi who runs a church in Namwezi, Mbikko in Buikwe District. The pastor is detained at Kampala Central Police Station.
“We have the pastor in our custody because he is one of the last people who were seen with this girl. The information we have gathered indicates he spent some time with her and he is helping us in investigations,” Mr Owoyesigire said.
The pastor was also the first person to inform the Late Nalule’s parents about her kidnap.
According to KMP spokesperson; the pastor confirmed to police that he was called by the kidnappers and he decided to inform the girl’s parents because he knew them. But, he denied involvement in the events that led to Nalule’s death.
Nalule’s lifeless body was recovered in Kibaawo Zone, Mutundwe in Lubaga Division, with her tongue and private parts missing. Police medical records also showed that Nalule was raped severally.
The girl’s father, Mr Godfrey Kasozi, yesterday said police informed him that they had arrested three more suspects, but Mr Owoyesigire could not deny or confirm the arrests but only said investigations were progressing well.
Mr. Kasozi, told mourners in Kayunga on wedenday that his daughter who was living in a hostel at YMCA campus in Buwambo was enticed by pastor Wambuzi who sent her Ugx. 25,000 for transport to his home in Mbikko last Friday.
The Pastor reportedly stayed with the girl at his home for two days before the kidnap. Kasozi also wondered why the kidnappers called the pastor first instead of him.
Meanwhile Owoyesigire said the killers on Wednesday called Nalule’s parents to ask to refund the money they had used to kidnap his daughter.
Nalule’s mother, Ms Faridah Kobusingye, said the kidnappers called past midnight demanding for Shs10m, but they did not readily have the money.
“I pleaded with them to give us time since we did not have the money that night. They refused. At 4:30am, they called and put my daughter on phone.
She said the suspects had prepared machetes they were to use to kill her.
She also said a polythene bag had also been set aside in which her body was to be put,” Ms Kobusingye recounted.
The mother said she pleaded with them that the money would be sent.
“We made several calls and we were able to get only Shs3m. When they called, they said they wanted more money lest our daughter be killed,” she narrated, adding that that was the last time they heard their daughter alive.
Nalule, a student of YMCA Buwambo campus in Wakiso District, was kidnapped on Sunday and later murdered when her parents did not pay the Shs10m ransom the killers had demanded.
The kidnappers first used her mobile phone to demand the ransom which the parents could not raise in two days.