Fear gripped residents of Busaamu village in Malongo sub-county, Mayuge district after a 14-year-old girl was beaten to death by her father for allegedly spending a night in a nightclub.
Mayuge district officer in charge of criminal investigations, Hassan Cherenget, identified the deceased as Winnie Nabwire, a Primary Four pupil at Golden Junior School in Nakigo village. The father, Ahmed Wesonga, is a crime preventer and a resident of Busaamu village. According to Junique Namuganza, the deceased’s mother, the girl was beaten to death for attending an overnight disco during New Year celebrations.
“She went to dance and did not come back,” Namuganza said, adding that her daughter returned home in the morning, which angered her father.
“My husband started beating the girl. His friend identified as Wilson Walimbwa and my other two sons also joined in,” Namuganza said. She added that they used sticks to hit her all over the body. Namuganza said when the beating persisted, she ran and reported to the area chairperson.
Unfortunately, she (Namuganza) and chairperson came back when it was too late. She was already dead The chairperson, Moses Kigenyi, said after beating the girl to death, the suspects laid her body under a mango tree in the compound.
“They placed her body on a mattress and covered it with bedsheets,” Kigenyi said.
He added that the suspects later went into hiding. Cherenget said one suspects has been arrested, while others are still on the run.
“We have so far arrested Walimbwa, who also was involved in the brutal killing,” Cherenget said.
He added that the Police was still searching for the girl’s father, who is the prime suspect and the two other suspects. Cherenget, however, warned residents against taking the law into their hands.
“I urge parents to talk to their children first once they (children) have made mistakes. Do not hurry to beat them, especially when you are still angry,” he said.