Six killed in one week over domestic violence, police say

Kampala, (UG): Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga Monday said at six people were killed in the various murder incidents resulting from domestic violence registered in the country in the past week.

From the incidents reported, Enanga revealed that the most affected persons are female victims and elderly persons as the vice continues to be a concern, within the community.

In the first incident recorded in Rukungiri District, Mr Enanga said police in the southwestern district are actively searching for one Tumworobere Amos alias Gift, who on the night of 11th October 2023, cut his wife Kyomugisha Annet aged 23, to the neck with a panga, killing her instantly.

It is alleged that the two started staying together at Kateramo Trading Centre, Kikongi parish in February 2023, without any conflict.

“..on the fateful day, the victim’s 4-year-old son, Anderson informed their neighbour, Kemigisha Shillah, about her mother’s lifeless body in a pool of blood on the bed. The panga was recovered and the body of the deceased was transported to Rwakabenga HC III for post-mortem,” Mr Enanga said.

In the second incident, the Police in Ssezibwa Region arrested Malekwa Majid, a 45-year-old peasant of Mittium LCI, Bweema sub-county in Buvuma district for the alleged murder by hacking with a panga, of his wife Nalumansi Asia aged 40 killing her instantly.

“The incident occurred on 11th October, at around 10 am, after the couple developed a misunderstanding in the forest while burning charcoal. The suspect abandoned the body of his wife in the forest,” said Mr Enanga

Similarly, the police in Kampala Metropolitan East have in custody, the suspect identified as Kyeswa Yusuf, for the alleged murder by hacking of his step-mother Nakanwagi Kevina, who sustained multiple injuries on the body and a deep cut to the head.

According to Mr Enanga, the motive of the murder was to steal the Ugx 3m, which his father had handed over to the victim, after selling off land worth Ugx 20m.

“The suspect dumped the body of his stepmother in the pit latrine at Nakyeeke village, Kayiri parish in Mukono district, and the exhibit of a hoe was recovered.”

Additionally, the police in Rwenzori West and Fortportal North have in custody, two suspects for the alleged murder by strangling of one Mwesige Peter, a 42-year-old, boda boda rider of Babwa village in Kabarole district. The incident occurred on 14.10.2023, at around 1 am.

“A night guard on duty saw suspects on two bodabodas transporting the deceased’s motorcycle along the river bank. The suspects include; Kobusinge Winnie, 29 year old, housewife and Musinguzi Bernardo, a 35-year-old, peasant of Butebe Kyakitara cell. The body of the victim was retrieved from the river Mpanga at around 3 pm,” Mr Enanga explained to journalists who gathered at Naguru police headquarters for the weekly security briefing.

IN Greater Bushenyi, the regional police together with Bushenyi CPS are searching for one Byaruhanga Richard, a 23-year-old, peasant of Kayojo cell, central division, for the murder by assault of his grandmother, Anyesi Tiberebwa, aged 96.

Preliminary facts gathered indicate that ..”on 14.10.2023 at around 7 pm, the suspect complained about a headache and requested family members to pray for him. At around 7 pm, the suspect attacked the victim in her bedroom and forced her to pray for him.”

In the process, Enanga says the suspect aggressively pushed the victim and she hit her head on the floor and died instantly. The suspect escaped after the murder. Efforts to have him arrested are in place.

Mityana Police are also actively investigating one Kibuuka, for the attempted murder and unlawful wounding of his father Mugerwa Fred and his sister Nakanjako Christine aged 38.

The third victim, Zaveri, is their neighbour who responded to the fracas and was also injured. This was on the14.10.2023 at around 7:30 pm, at Lubanja cell, Busimbi division in Mityana district.

“The suspect reportedly claimed that his father and sister did not share part of the proceeds from the land they sold with him. The panga used was recovered and exhibited.

Mr Enanga says police have now tasked its commanders to ensure all perpetrators are charged to court and those still at large tracked down, arrested and brought to book.

“Such acts of impunity and violence in families, only worsen the sanctity of marriage and relationships, within the community,” he concluded.

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