Crime

MASAKA: Man gruesomely killed in suspected ritual murder

KALUNGU, MASAKA: Shock and grip engulfed residents of Kirowoza village in Masaka City and Kalungu district when they found a father of newly born twins brutally killed in a suspected ritual murder.

The deceased identified as Joseph Ssentongo (47) a resident of Kirowoza village, Kyejomanyi parish in Kalungu, was murdered and his body dumped near his home on Sunday, February 14.

The deceased was a butcher with five children including twins.

The head of the deceased was ripped off the entire skin, eyes, nose, tongue, throat and ears with heavy damage on the skull.

The deceased was last seen with his local bar associates at night drinking alcohol according to his elder brother, Joseph Luswata.

“I can’t believe that this is my young brother, we last met at night in the trading centre for a drink where his wife was requesting him to go back home,” he said.

He said his brutal murder is a puzzle. “I don’t have any idea what could have gone wrong,” he said.

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Locals said they suspect the deceased was murdered elsewhere and dumped near his home.

“We expected to find a pool of blood around the place but there is totally nothing. It’s also possible that his blood was tapped for ritual intentions since his throat has a deep cut,” a neighbour, Cissy Namugerwa said.

The Southern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Mohamed Nsubuga confirmed the developments saying police in Kalungu had opened up investigations into the murder.

He said Police had not made any arrests.

The Nyendo Mukungwe Division Parliamentary Candidate in Masaka City, Sarah Kiyimba (NRM) who visited the victim’s family asked the communities to stop moving past curfew restricted hours.

“We can prevent such scenes if we stop moving past the COVID-19 restricted hours at night, the habit of roaming in bars and other entertainment spots is risky,” she said.

Kiyimba who lost the Masaka Municipality MP, to Mathias Mpuga called for thorough investigations into the mysterious murder.

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Margret Nantale the wife of the deceased said she waited for her husband to return home in vain.

“My late husband did not have enemies around the village or at his workplace,” she said adding that the murder of his is still confusion.


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