Man Kills Wife after Couple Tests Positive for HIV/AIDS

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A man suspected to have hacked his wife to death after the couple tested positive for HIV/AIDS is on the run.

A man suspected to have hacked his wife to death after the couple tested positive for HIV/AIDS is on the run.
 
Babana Martin (26) is thought to have hacked his wife to death on 11th March. His wife's body was only discovered on 12th March in Bwindi National Park after she had been missing for more than a day.
 
Residents went looking for her after Babana returned from a firewood collecting expedition without his wife Kyomuhendo Agatha (25). The couple had earlier planned to go and collect firewood in the national park.
 
Babana's behaviour on return tipped the residents something might be wrong. The Omurushasha Cell, Ntungwa Parsish, Ntungwa Sub County in Kanungu district resident handed over his house keys to his father. He asked him to look after their three children and then disappeared.
 
Residents said that the couple had early last week gone for an HIV test and were found to be both positive. An angry Babana accused his wife of infecting him with the incurable disease and vowed to kill her.
 
Medard Akankwasa, an area resident and a cousin to the suspect, said that the family tried to calm Babana down. Akankwasa said that after a while, it seemed like the couple had resolved their disputes.
 
Kyomuhendo's body was found with several cuts to the head, neck, waist and legs.
 
Kigezi regional police spokesperson Elly Maate said a police had launched a manhunt for Babana. 

Currently the Ugandan parliament is debating an HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill. The bill seeks to make testing mandatory for pregnant women and their partners and sexual offenders.

The bill permits the medical practitioner to notify the sexual partner of a person who tests HIV positive, especially if the HIV positive partner poses a risk of infecting the other.  

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.