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Girl, 14, Amputated By Own Father

A 40-year-old man in Kibaale district is in police custody for allegedly amputating his daughter’s arm.
A 40-year-old man in Kibaale district is in police custody for allegedly amputating his daughter’s arm for serving him a bare cassava meal.

 

The suspect has been identified as George Malaba, a resident of Kyabasaija village in Bwanswa Sub County, while the victim is Phina Nabakooza who is aged 14.

 

The incident occurred at about 10pm on Saturday.

 

Nabakooza, a primary four pupil at Kyabasaija primary school, is now admitted at Timbihulira Clinic in Kakumiro town council.

 

Speaking from her hospital bed, the victim said on the fateful evening her father returned home drunk. She explains that when she served him plain cassava without accompaniments, Malaba got angry and picked a panga.

 

Nabakooza reveals that the father aimed the pang at her neck, but the arm which she used to shield herself. She adds that the father chased after her as she ran for safety. She was rescued by neighbours who responded to the alarm she made.

 

Tito Kezera, the victim’s grandfather says the girl has been staying with the father ever since he separated with her mother five years ago.

 

Health workers at the clinic could not grant any interview to a URN reporter on Nabakooza’s condition at the time.

 

Charles Okello, the officer in-charge Kakumiro Police station, says Malaba in detention at Kakumiro police station. Okello says police have preferred charges of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm against the suspect.

 

Paul Ngondwe, the Kibaale district probation officer, says there is a rise in cases of parents torturing their children in the district. Ngondwe says his office records at least twenty cases per month.

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