Police spokesperson Fred Enanga raised concerns about child murders arising from domestic violence in a statement dated May 9. He described this as a major threat to children.
The police Tuesday issued a standing warning that they will not take lightly any form of domestic violence.
In a statement dated May 9, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson raised concern about the continuous incidents of Child Murders arising out of domestic violence, which he said is a major risk for children.
He cited examples of recent incidents of violence including one where a four-year-old boy identified as Sserubiri Train was murdered by the step-mother Asiimwe Honest, at Nakirama cell, Kyengera Town Council, in Wakiso District.
“The victim was the son of Kizza James, who separated with his mother while two years. The victim’s body had scars on the face and the stomach,” Enanga said.
He cited another incident one man identified as Kilembo Gerald is allegedly suspected to have murdered his son, Ssebugwawo Gerald aged four months.
According to Enanga, the suspect who is a drug addict and alcoholic was in an abusive relationship with his wife Kasozi Hajara, aged 37, at Kirowoza village, Nyendo.
On May 1st, he seriously assaulted his wife, who was carrying their four-month-old son on the back. She fell with the child and they both sustained serious injuries however, the boy succumbed to the injuries on May 4th.
Other incidents include one in the Kween district where a father identifies as Chemutai Ivan and his wife Chelimo Bena, who doubles as the stepmother of Chebet Aron, a 3-year-old male juvenile.
The two suspects were arrested on May 6th following the disappearance of the victim on 23.04.2022, and the mother was reported by the biological mother Chebet Joy, aged 21. Upon interrogation, it was established that they had strangled the 3-year-old son and buried him at their home.
In Buvuma district, on May 6th, a Wamboka Allan, aged 30 got involved in a serious domestic fight with his wife Magoba Zaina. The victim ran and reported the matter at the Nkata police post.
Upon her return, she found that the suspect who was a step-father to her one-year-old daughter, Safina Kisakyamukama, had stabbed her to death.
The suspect also repeatedly stabbed himself and was found lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to Nkata Health Centre for treatment, where he is being guarded, pending court. The incident happened at Nkata LCI, Lyabana Trading Centre in Buvuma district.
In the Gulu district, a one Lakot Susan, a 20-year-old female peasant was arrested for the alleged murder of Lagum, a one-month-old baby girl.
The mother of the victim on May 6th at around 8 am, left her baby, being carried on the back of Lakica Mercy, a 7-year-old female juvenile, as she went to the garden.
When she returned at 10 am, she untied the baby from the back of the baby sister, only to find the baby dead.
They filed a report to police after learning that Lakot Susan, a 20-year-old, female peasant, of Paromo village, Paduny parish, Awach sub-county, in Gulu district, had at some stage removed the baby, took her inside the house, and strangled her to death.
She returned the body of the baby and wrapped it on the back of the babysitter, then disappeared.
Another similar incident occurred on May 8 in Acerer village, Moruita Sub-county in Nakapiripirit district, where one Iriama Christine who was in a drunken state, felt to the ground and rolled herself around, while pressing her 3-month-old baby boy, called Ngorok Joshua.
The baby died while on her back which lead to the arrest of the mother. Enanga in addition, said all the above incidents are proof that children are more vulnerable to acts of domestic violence or reckless behavior by parents and guardians.
He however, called on the public to report any incidents where children are put in danger.