The Territorial Police in Kiira region and Jinja district has in custody, a mother identified as Mwase Rose, a 27 year old, housewife, of Buwajinaikazi village in Jinja district, for the alleged double murder of her two children with Kagoda Paul, a 23 year old peasant of the same village.
The murdered children were identified as Babirye China, aged 5 and Claire Sowati, a one year old, female victim. The suspect buried the children in their sitting room around on the 27.10.2023, when her husband Kagoda Paul, was doing casual work in Ngongwe, Buikwe district.
The father of the children, returned on the 30.10.2023 and found his wife alone at home and their two children missing.
The suspect failed to give a clear explanation to her husband, which prompted him to inquire from their neighbours, who told him how they had seen his children, 3 days back while, playing around their home. He searched around the home and later established a fresh grave within his sitting room, where his daughters had been buried.
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The suspect was arrested immediately and handed over to Budondo police station.
The scene was cordoned off and revisited on the 31.10.2023, by a team of investigative and forensic experts from Kiira region. The father of the victims who is a traditional healer, was arrested to help in investigations, after the headless body of Sowati Claire a one year old, was found missing.
Her chopped off head was recovered, and the body of her elder sister. Further arrangements are now in place to recover the headless body of Sowati Claire, which the mother admitted to having buried in the cassava garden, next to their compound.
“It is very painful that the victims died in the hands of their mother, who was supposed to protect them. We believe every child has a right to life, no matter the circumstances under which they live in. The suspect is being charged with two counts of murder,” SCP Enanga Fred, Police Spokesperson said.