27-year-old mother arrested for burning her two daughters over stealing bean sauce

Nakasongola, (UG): The Territorial Police in Nakasongola are holding a 27-year-old woman arrested for allegedly burning her two daughters who she accused of stealing bean sauce.

The horrifying incident occurred on Monday, October 23, 2023, at approximately 3:00 p.m. in Kyabutaika, Kakooge Town Council in Nakasongola District.

Police identified the suspect as Justine Namuwonge, a resident of Kyabutaika, Kakooge town council in Nakasongola district who is alleged to have burnt her two biological daughters including six-year-old Fatuma Nagenda and four-year-old Hajara Nassuuna, both pupils of Kamukamu Nursery school in Kakooge.

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“Preliminary information indicates that at around 3 pm, Namuwonge lit a charcoal stove and burnt the hands of her children after alleging that they had stolen the sauce,” ASP Sam Twiineamazima, the Spokesperson of Savannah regional police said in a brief statement.

“She accused them of stealing food (beans) and thereafter, intentionally kept them at home without seeking medical attention,” he added.

Twiineamazima said police were informed of this state of affairs by one Resty Kwagala, a teacher and resident of Namunsaala zone in Kakooge town council leading to the arrest of Namuwonge,” he added.

“Upon receiving information about this distressing incident from Kwagala Resty, a 25-year-old teacher and resident of Namunsaala zone in Kakooge Town Council, Nakasongola District, the police responded to the scene, documented it and registered a case of torture.”

Subsequently, police recorded statements from relevant witnesses and ensured the victims were admitted to Kakooge Health Center III.

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The suspect, Namuwonge Justine is currently in detention at Kakooge Police Station as investigations into the torture case take charge.

“We strongly condemn this horrific act of torture. Parents are entrusted with the sacred roles of protector and provider of safety for their children. Such acts of violence against the most vulnerable in our society are unacceptable. The safety and well-being of our children must always be our utmost priority,” ASP Twiineamazima stated.

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