How a motorcyclist recovered stolen child
Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, awarded a motorcycle to one Emmanuel Sebanani, a commercial motorcyclist. This was in recognition of his community policing courage when he intercepted a woman back in May, who had stolen a child.
The motorcycle worth Rwf1.6 million is one of those assembled in Rwanda under Made in Rwanda programme.
On May 17, this year, Sebanani woke up very early as usual to go to work. First forward, he got a client at about 1pm in Rusororo, Gasabo District; a woman carrying a one-and-half year girl.
“We agreed Rwf2, 500 to take her to Batsinda, but on the first sight I got suspicious when she told me she’s the biological mother; I am a father, and when I looked at the woman and the baby there was really no connection; she didn’t even have a cloth to cover the baby,” narrated Sebanani
“As we reached at 19 miles, I asked myself, what if this woman has stolen this child! She had earlier on told me that the father is a mechanic; she told me she was going to Batsinda to visit some people although she kept fidgeting as I asked if the people are relatives or friends. She was unease.”
As they approached Kimironko, Sebanani said, the woman told him the truth. “She told me she wasn’t the mother; I asked her where she was going with a baby who’s not hers, she said she’s a house-help and she wanted to hurt her bosses for not paying her.”
The woman claimed she hadn’t been paid for four months amounting to Rwf80, 000, although it later came to light that she had worked for the couple for only one-and-half months.
“When we reached Batsinda, I stopped. I told this woman that I will not let you take this child. You can’t make this innocent baby suffer because of the issues you have with your bosses. When she became violent trying to walk away with the child I told people who were around, we took the child and apprehended her.”
The woman was later to tell Sebanani the biological father of the child.
“I called a friend of mine and fellow motorcyclists in Kabuga, I asked him if he knew this man and luckily enough he knew him. I explained the whole ordeal to him and he rushed to tell the child’s father. Good enough they met as the worried father was also looking for the house-help and his daughter.”
“I convinced this woman that I would help her get paid, so went to Kinyinya Police station where the parents of the child found us at about 5pm, they took their child and the Police took over the case as I returned back to work.”
According to Sebanani, being a motorcyclist “shouldn’t take away your humanity in the name of money.”
“You should be suspicious and continue to find out why this client is giving you Rwf5000 to take him or her to a place worth Rwf2000; attempt to know the luggage you are carrying.”
“Our country has achieved a lot, I had nothing and today I wake up in a secure environment to make money to support my family, and I am feel very happy for that with hope that I can even achieve a lot more."
Sebanani was working on contract as a motorcyclist. "I am happy today. What I did was something I thought every person should do and I never expected to be rewarded for that. I am very happy that today I have my own motorcycle. The motorcycle I had was not mine; I was working on contract," the happy father of two, said.
The State Minister in the Ministry of Justice in charge of Constitutional Affairs, Evode Uwizeyimana, thanked Sebanani for his “brave and community policing act.”
He, however, faulted people who mistreat and refuse to pay their domestic workers.
“What this woman did to steal a baby is inexcusable. Nonetheless, we need also to prevent anything that can lead to such. We have seen many cases where domestic helpers are not paid or mistreated. They are also human beings with rights. You employed them to work for you, so you have an obligation also to hounor your commitment,” the State Minister said.