RUKUNGIRI: Man stabs wife to death, attempts to kill self

Jackson Arineitwe attached to Ngoma health centre II in Nyakishenyi Sub County, Rukungiri District is accused of stabbing his wife, Enid Natukunda to death before he allegedly attempted to take his own life.

RUKUNGIRI, UGANDA: Police in Rukungiri District are holding in custody one Jackson Arineitwe, the in-charge of Ngoma Health Centre II in Nyakishenyi Sub County for allegedly killing his wife and attempting to commit suicide.

Arineitwe, a resident of Rwenanura cell, Nyabitete Parish, Buyanja Sub County was arrested on Sunday, May 28 after he allegedly stabbed the victim identified as Enid Natukunda after a misunderstanding over dowry demanded by the wife’s parents.

According to the Kigezi regional police spokesperson Elly Maate, the couple developed misunderstandings about two weeks ago when Arineitwe allegedly failed to raise money to buy gifts for the parents of the victim whom they had planned to visit.

“It’s alleged that on May 19, 2023, Enid Natukunda’s parents invited the couple for a visit but the husband turned it down on grounds that he did not have money to buy some essential items for the parents. However, Natukunda insisted and visited her parents. When she returned, they picked a quarrel which forced her to start sleeping alone in the visitor’s room,” Mr Maate said.

Maate adds that “After a misunderstanding, the victim started sleeping alone in the visitors’ bedroom until yesterday when their children heard their parents fighting before they made an alarm to call the neighbours, who on arrival found Arineitwe trying to hang himself in the store and the body of the deceased lying in the pool of blood under the bed with her neck stabbed several times.”

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“They immediately alerted police at Buyanja which upon receiving the information swung into action and secured the scene of crime and arrested the suspect,” he added.

Maate says that police discovered a knife at the scene of the crime and the suspect is currently detained at Buyanja Police Station in Rukungiri district.

The body of the deceased was taken to Rwakabengo Health Center III for postmortem and later handed over to the relatives for burial.

According to the Annual Crimes Report, there was a slight increase in cases of domestic violence reported in the country in 2022.

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There were 17,698 reported cases last year as compared to 17,533 cases reported the year before, according to the report released early this year.

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