A suspect being arrested (courtesy photo)

The police in Kikuube are holding Namulungi Alifunsini, a 48-year-old resident of Mukungu A village in Kasonga parish, Kyangwali sub-county, for allegedly beating her child to death. The victim, Bahati Mwombamungu, aged 12, was reportedly accused by his mother of escaping from home for two days under unclear circumstances.   

Mwombamungu had disappeared from home on Friday afternoon, causing tension among family members. When he returned home on Sunday afternoon, his mother confronted him about his whereabouts for the past two days. Unable to provide a satisfactory explanation, the mother allegedly resorted to beating him with a stick. 

Mwombamungu collapsed and was rushed to a nearby health facility.   His condition deteriorated, and he was referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital, where he passed away en route. The police responded by arresting the mother and detaining her at Kikuube Central Police Station. 

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson, confirmed that murder charges have been preferred against the suspect. “Once investigations are completed, she will be arraigned in court,” he said.   In a related incident in Hoima city, police are holding a minor for allegedly hacking his 16-year-old colleague, Isiah Sekitoleko, to death. 

The incident occurred on Sunday around 10 a.m. while the two were fetching water from a nearby borehole. According to reports, the suspect requested Sekitoleko to lend him his sports bike in vain leading to an altercation. Enraged by the refusal, the suspect fetched a machete from home and returned to the borehole, where he inflicted severe injuries to Sekitoleko’s head. 

Despite being rushed to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital for treatment, Sekitoleko succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Residents, upon hearing Sekitoleko’s cries for help, rushed to the scene only to find him lying unconscious in a pool of blood. The police promptly arrested the minor, who is currently locked up at Hoima City Central Police Station on murder charges.


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