MURDER | In a bizarre and disturbing killing, Police are holding two women over death of a toddler whose sexual organs, including the uterus, and intestines were removed, ostensibly to be sent to Canada for ritual sacrifice.
Kira Road Police say Harriet Nakalema, 32, killed Vivian Nalunga, her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, on Monday with the help of a housemate, Annet Mwagale, 42.
“Nakalema and Mwagale inexplicably rushed Nalunga to Mulago Hospital but the toddler was confirmed dead with doctors suspecting over-bleeding,” Kampala Metropolitan Police said.
A post-mortem revealed the cause of death as the baby’s body was found to be missing private parts, uterus and intestines, and this alerted doctors to a fact of foul play with Mulago Police Post called in to investigate the death.
Police arrested took in Nakalema for questioning and visited her home to investigate further, whereupon a search recovered intestines suspected to belong to the deceased fitted inside the kitchen sink.
Detectives also recovered a bucket and clothes soaked with blood, but the private parts and uterus were missing.
“When questioned about what had happened to the little girl, the sobbing Nakalema said the devil had cut up her daughter into pieces,” KMP spokesperson Luke Oweyesigyire said.
Nakalema then confessed that she had been assisted by a one Annet Mwagale, who had since gone on the run.
Kira Road Police mounted a search able to track down and arrest Mwagale and her mother Annet Mulindwa, 68, who had gone back to erase any possible evidence at the scene of crime.
“Mwagale told the investigators that Nakalema had been paid by their sister Angella Rwensisi, who lives in Canada, to send her fresh body parts of a young baby for ritual purposes,” Oweyesigyire said.
Mwagale reportedly told Police that they had used a pair of scissors to chop off the private parts of a young baby girl.
The three female suspects are currently detained at Kira Road Police Station on charges of murder.