A student at Makerere University – Ms Abakwatse Sharon who was recently a resident of Mutungo, has been left in week-long despair.
This was after a woman she hired to do laundry/cleaning from the neighborhood, allegedly went rogue with the student’s academic documents among other items, which were inside one of the two suitcases taken.
The affected is a student of records and archives management.
The suspect has been identified as Florence Akware, who, according to residents in the area of this crime, is usually hired to wash clothes for a pay.
It’s on a similar occasion that the suspect disappeared off with the students belongings after she ‘disguised’ as a safe-keeper.
The other particulars that were taken alongside the suitcases include bedsheets, duvets, clothes, pass-slips belonging to Abakwatse’s sister.
Below, the affected student narrated to this reporter, about the genesis of this matter:
“…rent was too tight on me and the landlord called me to pick my stuff from the room (in Mutungo) since I couldn’t pay rent well, so when I reached there, I had not so many things, I had 2 big suitcases which had duvets each, my pass slips for my S4/S6 and also for my young sister S4/S6, bed sheets, clothes and gas”
“I went there with a friend…. since the suitcases were too big, and I didn’t have transport to take them to friends who are far away, that lady approached me and told me she can help me safe keep them for a week and when I need them I can come and pick them but then before even giving them to her, I asked a close neighbor if she really knew the lady and that neighbor told me she knows her well and I should trust her she will keep my things, which I did.”
“Just last week, I called her and told her am coming to pick up my things she was like it’s okay you come, reaching there at around 8 morning, I waited albeit the lady was not coming. I left like at around 10pm night, when I called her and asked her why she didn’t turn up, her reply was like she was from work and was tired, on Tuesday same thing, Wednesday same thing”
“Now I started becoming worried on Thursday, i needed the things like so urgently. I called her and I told her am serious I really need those things back, she cut-off the phone call and that was the day I last talked to her, I tried calling her but still no response, so what I did I asked the lady that told me that she trusted her ,who even assured me that she could keep my things well”
The frustrated student further revealed that upon contacting one of the frequent clients of the suspect, a phone call was made to the suspect which she cut short.
“That’s when I gave up, went back home crying, I just couldn’t expect that to happen to me”
“On Friday I woke up early in the morning, went there and started looking for her in hotspots I used to see her, people knew her but no one could easily tell me where she stayed, I went to Katwe Police Station and I was assigned an officer who is now handling the case, i have been looking for her 3 days now, her numbers have been off since on Thursday.”
Sharon, who is now seeking refuge in Nsambya, had been a resident of Mutungo for a year.
The student appeals to the public to report any information to Police or telephone number 0700354038 that could lead to the capture of the suspect (Akware).
What the Police say
An update from Police indicates that the suspect’s husband has been reached out to; however, Akware’s whereabouts are still unknown.
The public is urged to be more careful about the house-helpers (cleaners) they hire to avoid any undesirable outcomes later.