Nambala was arrested at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala by plain-clothed security personnel from the presidential guards, Special Forces Command (SFC) and Internal Security Organisations (ISO).
Crime intelligence and investigators at Kampala Central police station (CPS) where Nambala is being held since said that the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and External Security Organisation (ESO) have joined the probe purposely to ascertain the true owners of those passports.
Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said so far Nambala has failed to present the true owners of the passports, she claims she was taking those passports for a trip to Turkey.
Security agencies have vowed to keep her in their custody charge her for human trafficking unless she produces the true owners of those passports.
“We have asked her to produce the owners but she seems not to know where they are. These are genuine passports and owners must be produced. We must know whether something wrong was done about them or not. We opened a file on SD 58/19/2/2021,” Owoyesigyire said.
According to security sources, the suspect would have been charged with forgery if the passports were fake, but she has been with human trafficking, which can change at any time should security agencies ascertain that anything wrong was done to the owners.
“We are four security agencies in this case and we have orders to ensure we establish what happened to all the 48 people. You can’t be taking people for a trip and you fail to account for them,” a security source said.
Police sources revealed that they received intelligence information on Thursday evening that a woman was in possession of several passports belonging to different individuals for unknown reasons.
There was information that the suspect was going to meet the passport owners at Kampala Serena hotel, but they immediately switched to Nile Avenue where the Sheraton hotel is located. A team was quickly deployed to Sheraton where she was arrested alongside her colleague, Esther Nassali.
“We suspect these passports were stolen from owners or they were confiscated from people smuggled out of the country. We also have reason to suspect that owners could have died. All these investigation lines can be ruled out only if these suspects show us the owners,” an intelligence officer said.
According to local media, crime records of Nambala at the CPS have shown that Nambala was arrested in August 2019 over allegations of fraud. At that time, she was dragged to CPS by Andrew Sekandi, accusing her of defrauding him out of Shs 7 million according to a statement that was recorded vide police file 30/09/08/2019.
Sekandi alleged that Nambala had approached him claiming that she was taking people for jobs in Sweden. Sekandi said Nambala charged him Shs7million to secure visas for the children but she didn’t fulfill her promise.
Nambala is popular for her hit song ‘Kabila Kange’, a love song where she warns women to dare not tamper with her husband.
The song is commonly played at traditional functions such as weddings because of its traditional Luganda beats known as Enggoma Uganda.