KAMPALA – The Police in Kagadi are holding Yustin Nyiraziboneye, 37 –a resident of Buhumuliro village in Kinyarwanda parish Rutete sub-county for allegedly torturing her stepson to death.
Nyiraziboneye is said to have tortured a three-year -old, James Maniroho around midday on Boxing Day. It all started when Nyirazinoneye’s husband, Emmanuel Rulateze left her in charge of the minor as he went on some errands.
Nyiraziboneye, for unknown reasons, reportedly assaulted the minor, inflicting on him serious injuries on the head, face, both hands and neck. The child’s condition worsened and he was pronounced dead on the way to Kagadi General Hospital.
Ivan Ahalikundira, the Rutete Sub-county Internal Security Officer – GISO narrated that some residents heard the child screaming for help, and on responding, found the suspect beating the boy. He said that residents arrested the woman, handed her over to the police.
The child’s father one – Rulateze said he had left his son under the care of the stepmother as he went to the garden but was shocked on learning that son had been beaten to death.
He called police authorities to expedite investigations and arraign the suspect before the court for justice to prevail.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying the suspect will be charged with aggravated torture and murder once investigations were over. The incident comes barely two weeks after police in Masindi arrested a man for allegedly torturing his son to death.
It is alleged that on December 17, 2022, Sharif Akugizibwe, 25, a resident of Kisindi village in Kyakamese parish Pakanyi sub-county beat his one-year-old baby girl, Mercy Atulinde for unknown reasons. The child sustained serious injuries on the head, face, neck both hands, and chest and was rushed to Masindi General Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Related, the police in Nebbi are investigating the death of two children from the same family, who reportedly ate fish suspected to have been laced with poison.
Three other members of the same family – including the minor’s father, Godfrey Ocakuwum are battling for their lives, according to police. The victims are residents of Jupuyik village in Jupangira sub-county.
The two minors whose identities had not been established died at around 4:00pm on Christmas at Goli Health Centre IV, where they had rushed for treatment after complaining of stomach complications.
Emmanuel Otwi, the area LCI chairperson said that the deceased and three others developed stomach pains after eating fish that was sent by their grandmother through an unidentified person from the Panyimur landing site in Pakwach district.
Sunday Ogenmungu, the LCIII chairperson of Jupangira sub-county, revealed that the deceased minors were pupils of Goli Mixed Primary School and Bethel Children’s Ministry in Nebbi district, respectively.
Nebbi Resident District Commissioner, Robert Abak described the incident as unfortunate.
“It’s very unfortunate that this has happened. Even the condition of the mother to the deceased is not good,” he noted.
Police took the minor’s bodies to Nebbi General Hospital for post-mortem. In September this year, at least 10 people died and several others were hospitalised after eating suspected poisonous cassava in Pakwach district.
Meanwhile, Police at Mutungo, a Kampala City suburb in Nakawa division, have embarked onto the task of establishing the people who, on the morning of Boxing Day, torched a house in which two children were sleeping.
It is said that an unknown people torched the house of James Ninsiima, 37, at around 1:00am, where minors identified as; Jowel Ainebyona and Ephraim Ainebyona were sleeping. The two children are aged four and one, respectively.
Ninsiima, a boda boda rider, noted in a statement at Mutungo Police station, that instinct drove him into suspecting that there was danger at home, and decided to ride back. And indeed, he found when someone had just torched the house in which his children were sleeping.
“When I reached home, I saw smoke coming from my house and I immediately made an alarm that attracted neighbours.
“I was lucky that the neighbours responded very quickly and helped me to contain the fire. We rescued the children, alive,” narrated Ninsiima to police authorities.
Mutungo has recorded the case on SD 05/25/12/202 of attempted Murder and Arson.
Plice said that three of Ninsiima’s neighbours, who helped in distinguishing the fire have since recorded statements.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan, deputy Police spokesperson said the Ainebyonas were first taken to a nearby clinic and later transferred to Naguru hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.
Owoyesigyire said the crime scene was documented early in the morning by the Scene of Crime Officers from Mutungo Police station and investigations into the incident had commenced.
Kampala has had tragic fire incidents that have claimed the lives of entire families. A few weeks ago, fire gutted a home in Bukasa –Muyenga, killing five family members. Another incident in Nabutiti, Kansanga, left four family members dead.