Mother Poisons Her Two Children To Death Before Killing Herself. Top story

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Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Regional police commander identifies the deceased children as 7-year–old Sambrirus Masika, a primary one pupil of Bunabuje Primary school and his One and half year-old brother Umar Maruti.

A woman in Bulambuli district has committed suicide with her two children. Silvia Nafuna, a resident of Buhumera Main Village in Bulemera parish in Bukhalu Sub County poisoned her children to death on Saturday evening before she also took the poison.
 
Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Regional police commander identifies the deceased children as 7-year–old Sambrirus Masika, a primary one pupil of Bunabuje Primary school and his one and half year-old brother Umar Maruti. Nandawula explains that the children were staying with their grandmother Marry Wairika of the same village.

She says Wairika was away from home when Nafuna visited them and prepared Irish Potatoes laced with poison. According to Nandawula, Nafuna reportedly forced the two children to eat. She says before his death Masika told health workers at the clinic where they rushed for emergency treatment that he saw their mother pouring unknown substance in the food.

Masika reportedly told his brother not to eat the food but their mother forced them to eat it. They started complaining of terrible stomach pain shortly after. Nafuna reportedly drunk the remaining suspected and became unconscious. In her statement to police, Mary Wairika, the grandmother to the deceased says that she returned home at about 7:30pm and the trio lying unconscious.
 
He immediately notified her neighbors who helped her to rush the children to a nearby clinic at Sim-Corner but they died 30 minutes later. The mother of the deceased who was badly off was rushed to Muyembe Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

Nandawula says a postmortem was conducted on the three bodies on Sunday and poisoning was confirmed. The bodies were handed over to the relatives for burial. Wairika is bothered on what could have led her daughter to kill her children and also commit suicide. Nandawula says they are still investigating the motive of the suicide. 

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.