UGANDA POLICE | CRIMES DEPARTMENT: The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is tracking down a woman recorded beating up a child badly in a viral video making rounds on social media.
In the video, the suspect is recorded thrashing, kicking, and stamping upon the head of a male juvenile, who was helplessly whimpering in pain.
According to Police, the actions of the female suspect are described as “aggravated child torture” and prosecutable by law.
“Our task teams are fast tracking all leads, at their disposal, including clues from social media suggesting how both the victim and the suspect were residents of Kinoni-Kyangwe in Lwengo District. Unfortunately, the leads have yielded no results yet,” police said in a statement on Thursday night.
AIGP Asan Kasingye confirmed on twitter that police has since identified the suspect in the video as Patience Uwimana, 25 who was recently released from Kisoro prison on grounds of attempted murder.
Kasingye further revealed that the incident took place at Bwuuma zone, Kyazanga Town Council, Lwengo District.
The victim is a Ssebandeke Alfred, 5 years old.
“The suspect is on the run. She will be arrested,” said AIGP Kasingye on twitter
Police said they also were verifying a second video of a woman recorded while beating a toddler with a huge stick in a narrow corridor within a compound.
“The video was however, muted and the language in the background could not be picked very well. A third video of a woman trampling upon a naked toddler and repeatedly throwing him to the ground, was established to be foreign,” said Police.
“We strongly condemn such cruel and inhumane acts of child torture, because there is no justification whatsoever. All children rely on parents, adults, guardians for their survival and well-being, which rights we must all observe.”
“We want to encourage anyone who could have witnessed these young children, victimised under these life threatening situations, to call on the Toll-free line for the Child and Family Protection Unit at Police Headquarters, Naguru on 0800199195 or call Telephone contact number 0718792417.”