Police have announced two incidents of murders by siblings in Isingiro and Wakiso districts respectively.
Earlier this week, two siblings were found murdered in the Isingiro and Wakiso districts, respectively.
In a statement dated May 30th, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said the police in Isingiro have in custody, a one Abahe David, a 28-year-old, resident of Omukihangire cell, Bungongi Parish, Nyakitunda cell.
Abahe is held for the murder of his younger brother, Abasa Joshua, aged 16 after he demanded his debt of UGX 5000/= from him on 23.05.2022.
According to Enanga, the suspect instead picked a panga and cut off his younger brother’s finger, inflicted multiple injuries to the back of the head, and broke his neck before dragging the body at his house.
In a separate development, Enanga said the police in Wakiso have put up a serious manhunt for a 15-year-old, male juvenile, Sserugga Samson, a pupil of Mabombwe Church of Uganda, Nursery and Primary School, for the alleged murder of his younger sister, Namubiru Desire, aged 4, at their home in Mabombwe Kirindi village, Mende sub-county, in Wakiso district.
“The victim had serious injuries on the forehead, the face, arms, stomach, back and legs. She succumbed to the injuries. Both the mother of the victim Namubiru Daisy and the suspect concealed the mother until when it was brought to the attention of the police,” Enanga said.
The police spokesperson mentioned that sibling abuse is often considered to be a normal passage with that most children experience, and it is higher in families with domestic violence or child abuse.
He said young children are particularly vulnerable and on several occasions, they are told to keep family matters private.
“They are often threatened not to report it to anyone for fear of breaking family bonds or threats of punishment. In addition, other families regard violence between siblings as rivalry, and simply advise the victims to either toughen up or fight back.”
”This is dangerous because sibling abuse can include sexual, physical and emotional abuses of touching, fondling, indecent exposure, rape, sexual assaults, sodomy, slapping, hitting, kicking, biting, causing injury with a weapon or other emotional abuse like damaging clothes, books, toys and other properties of a sibling.”
“Therefore, all parents, guardians, teachers are reminded that sibling child abuse can lead to depression, drugs, alcohol, sexual risk behaviours, low self-esteem, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and the increased risk of continuing the cycle of violence into their teenage and adult lives,” Enanga added.