Police Hunt for Suspect Behind Killing of Four Minors

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David Ibanda, the Rakai District Criminal Investigations Officer, says they had launched investigations into the killings when they got reliable information pointing to Sserugo as the prime suspect. He says Sserugo disappeared from Kyotera before he could be picked up for interrogations.

Rakai police have launched a manhunt for a suspect believed to be behind the killing of four children. The suspect is Willy Sserugo, a resident of Kyotera Town Council. He is an uncle to 9-year-old Sharon Nassuuna, one of the four victims whose remains were recovered on Saturday. 



Nassuuna's remains were identified by her mother, Annette Nabasumba. According to Nabasumba, Nassuuna was wearing a blue skirt and a yellow strip sleeveless blouse when she went missing. The remains of the other victims haven't yet been identified. 



The hunt for Serugo comes two days after police discovered remains of the three children in Kabaseke Village and another one in Kisenyi village, both in Kasaali Sub-County, Kyotera Constituency. David Ibanda, the Rakai District Criminal Investigations Officer, says they had launched investigations into the killings when they got reliable information pointing to Sserugo as the prime suspect. 



He says Sserugo disappeared from Kyotera before he could be picked up for interrogations. Preliminary investigation show that Nassuuna went missing on December 31st 2015 from Sserugo's home where she had gone for holidays. Detectives who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity say Sserugo denied knowledge of the girl's whereabouts.



However, Police received information that Sserugo was seen riding Nassuuna to an unknown destination before she was found dead. Police used sniffer dogs to trace for Nassuna's remains. The remains of the other three girls were discovered by herdsmen. 

Francis Mujjuzi, the Kasenyi LCI Chairperson, says the killings are sickening. Dominic Ssempala, one of the residents, blames the killings on the high number of shrines in the area, which exposes their children to child sacrifice. He claims that more than 20 cases of missing children have been reported to different police stations and posts in Rakai since last year. 


But the lucky ones have been discovered alive and reunited with their parents and guardians while others are still missing.