Police in Hoima City is investigating
circumstances under which the body of a newborn baby has been dumped by the roadside in Kasasiro, Bujumbura East cell, Hoima West division in
According to eyewitnesses, the minor's
body was found wrapped in a box and dumped by the roadside on Sunday. After discovering the body of the baby, area residents led
by the area LC1 Chairperson immediately alerted Hoima police.
Police rushed and picked the body for further
examination. However, the mother of the baby remains unknown. Emmanuel Kaahwa, the area LC1 Chairman told Uganda Radio Network that after
some area residents discovered the body of the baby wrapped in a box, they
immediately alerted his office.
He has however condemned the act adding that
they have teamed up with the police to hunt for the assumed heartless mother who is suspected to dumped the baby.
//Cue in;”kwesanga e box…
Cue out…kuseruliriza oha akikozere.”//
Although the mother of the baby is yet to be located, many locals are assuming that she dumped and possibly killed the baby, and are not looking at other possibilities leading to her disappearance. Joselyne Atuhura, a resident of Bujumba says
the act is regrettable advising expectant mothers who cannot take care of
newborn babies to take them to churches or children's homes.
"Even if life has become unbearable due
to COVID-19, the mother could have taken the baby to a church or children's
home," said Atuhura. "Why deny the child a life to live? There are many people yearning to have
children yet some heartless mother is dumping an infant on the road.”
Kasim Asiimwe, the Bujumbura East cell defence
secretary attributed the problem to the current covid-19 lockdown effect on
people including the married couples. He too condemned the incident terming it
inhuman and called for thorough investigations.
//Cue in;”Oha akozere eki…
Cue out…Ki bandize kubaho.”//
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police
spokesperson has confirmed the incident saying that investigations into the
matter have commenced and pledged to apprehend the culprit. Early this year, a newly born baby was also dumped in Dwoli, Kitoba sub-county in Hoima district.