Mob Raids Home of Child Sacrifice Suspect

2001 Views Rakai town, Uganda

In short
The rape and strangulation of a four-year-old girl Hailat Nakigunda in Kajaguzo village has triggered a series of events leading to police firing live bullets to save the property of a suspect. The emergency police action happened this Saturday morning in Kajaguzo village.

The rape and strangulation of a four-year-old girl Hailat Nakigunda in Kajaguzo village has triggered a series of events leading to police firing live bullets to save the property of a suspect.   

The emergency police action happened this Saturday morning in Kajaguzo village. Police had to fire live bullets and teargas to stop an enraged mob that had attacked the home of George William Wamala.   

Wamala is the prime suspect in the rape and killing of four-year-old Nakiganda on Thursday morning. Wamala is neighbours with the family of the girl.   

Nakiganda was the daughter of Muhammad Sembatya and Immaculate Nabukeera.   

Kajaguzo village is located in Kirumba Sub County in Rakai district. 

This morning, angry residents raided Wamala’s home and vandalized his house before setting it ablaze after they discovered two graves. They also slashed his banana and coffee plantations. 

Badru Mujuzi, the Kalisizo Rural sub county LC3 councilor says residents were enraged after Wamala failed to explain the people who were buried in the two graves that were found in his home. He says residents unsuccessfully tasked Wamala to identify the people who were buried there and when they were buried.
 
Mujuzi says the residents assaulted Wamala after he failed to explain how the deceased’s dress ended up at his home.

Fred Sooma, the Rakai District Police Commander has condemned the mob action. He says police had to use teargas to disperse the residents and arrest the suspect. 

Sooma says police is holding Wamala as a prime suspect in the rape and murder case because on the day the deceased’s body was found, a sniffer dog led police to his home. He says anti riot police has deployed heavily at Wamala’s home to protect his remaining properties.

Sooma says no suspect has been arrested in connection to the mob attack. Immaculate Nabukeera, the victim’s mother says she was shocked by the brutal murder of her daughter. Nabukeera says until now she has failed to figure out the motive of the murder of her daughter.

By the time of filing this story, security had restored calm in Kirumba. Wamala has not yet commented on the accusation against him.

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.