IGANGA: Missing 8-year-old child found dead in suspected murder

Iganga, (UG):- Residents of Buseyi village, Nakalama sub-county in Iganga district were on Friday morning covered with grief after finding the decomposing body of an 8-year-old child who had been missing since Monday this week.

The deceased child was identified as Waibi Jeremiah who was residing with her parents in Mutambala, Mutukula parish, northern division of Iganga municipality. The body was found in a state that implied that he was either burnt while still alive or after death.

Reports from locals indicate that the juvenile reportedly went missing on Monday in a questionable way and parents have since been running announcements on local radio stations until Friday morning when they received the shocking news about the death of their child. 

The vice chairperson LC1 Mutambala village Mr. Gulume Asuman told this publication that they received the news about the missing child on Monday at around 9 pm and they also joined the search to trace the whereabouts of the child but all was in vain as they couldn’t locate him.

“We got news of his disappearance in the night at 9 pm when the parents were not seeing him and we also joined them in the search. We even reached the extent of emptying the nearby dams after suspecting that he could have drowned but all was in vain,” Mr Gulume told DailyExpress on Friday morning.

We have also understood that the boy studied on Monday and joined colleagues to move around when he returned from school but he went missing and couldn’t come back with his friends. 

“He studied on Monday and on return from school, he slopped down with friends but they couldn’t know how he disappeared from them. It’s very unfortunate to find that such a child was killed and burnt but we beseech God to judge the people with such hearts,” Mr. Gulume added. 

Mr Kasadha Shamiru, one of the locals, told DailyExpress that the child went missing when the mother was still at work and she couldn’t get good leading information since the friends to the child couldn’t reason how the child disappeared.

“The mother went home and interrogated other children on the missing colleague but no one had the answers on how their friend went missing. They only said he disappeared as they were playing, while dressed in a blue t-shirt and red shorts,” Kasadha said before calling upon security to act accordingly and apprehend the perpetrators.

However, we have learnt from a source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely that the child’s mother on Friday went to Iganga municipal council offices seeking permission to pin the posters of the missing child within the town, before receiving a shocking call telling her about the murdered child. 

“I met the lady at Iganga municipal council offices and I was informed that she was seeking permission to pin the posters of the missing child in the town. She also told me about the missing child and before finishing the story, she received the call informing her that the child was murdered in Buseyi,” the source said.

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