A 13-year-old girl was on Monday morning killed in an apparent ritual murder in Kiseke village, Birembo Sub-county, Kibaale District.
The deceased, Nayebale Kyalimpa, was a Primary Two pupil at Birembo Primary School. “I sent my child to fetch water at around 8am but she did not return,” the victim’s father, Mr Godfrey Mulengyenzi, said.
“So I went to the well and only found the jerrycan floating on the water.” Mr Mulengyenzi said he alerted neighbours who immediately mounted a search and found a suspect hiding up a tree near the scene.
“We forced him down and beat him up and he later on disclosed that he had seen Nayebale,” said Mulengyenzi.
He said the residents frog-marched the suspect to Igayaza police post and returned to the village to continue searching for the girl in the surrounding bushes and discovered the body hidden near a swamp in a farm.
“After getting reports of the missing child, they quickly mobilised themselves and searched for the girl but she was discovered murdered,” Kiseke village chairman Kakooza Kikomeko said.
“The private parts of the deceased were torn and breasts cut off. We suspect that it was ritual sacrifice” said Kakooza.
The District Police Commander, Kibaale, Mr John Elatu, confirmed the incident and said postmortem indicated that the deceased’s neck was strangled and broken and private parts were missing.
This is the second case of murder in Kibaale District this month after a 30-year-old man of Mangoma A village strangled his twins and later on dumped them in to a pit latrine.