Sarah Koburungi, a businesswoman in Kawaala, has been arrested over
the alleged murder of her house maid.
Koburungi who is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station was arrested
to explain circumstances under which her 15-year-old maid, Ashante Arinaitwe,
went missing and was later found killed.
Arinaitwe went missing on Saturday morning when she was allegedly sent to buy
food from Kasubi Market. Her body was yesterday found decomposing in a bush by
residents that mounted a second search.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, said Koburungi
alerted police on Saturday and a hunt for the victim’s whereabouts was
launched. As investigations were still on-going, Kawaala police received a call
from Kawaala village leaders that the teenager’s body had been discovered in a
Police dispatched Scene of Crime Officers –SOCOs who examined the body at the
scene. The SOCOs analysis revealed that the girl could have died a week
This prompted police to arrest Koburungi to understand whether her
employee disappeared on the day she reported or it was a move to conceal the circumstances
behind her death.
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Reuben Ssebyayi, the Kawaala zone chairman, said Koburungi went to the village
and brought Arinaitwe to work as her maid a few months ago. Ssebyayi said they
knew the victim but she was too young.
Ssebyayi explained that Koburungi introduced Arinaitwe as a daughter to her
uncle. On the fateful day, Koburungi alerted the village council and she was
advised to report a case of disappearance.
Accompanied by locals with public speakers, Koburungi moved from one zone to
another announcing Arinaitwe’s disappearance but in vain. Ssebyayi said
Arinaitwe was last seen on Saturday morning seemingly heading to market where
she often bought food stuff.
Ssebyayi suspects that the girl could have decided to run away from Koburungi’s
home in case she was being overworked yet she was very young. Kawaala leaders
suspect that the victim could have been raped her and afterwards killed by criminals
since her shoes were found on roadside.
One of the residents who declined to be named said the girl was being
sent to buy food at late hours of the night.
Although Ssebyayi and other locals blamed Koburungi of being negligent by
sending her in wee hours to the market, they disagree with the allegations that
she died a week ago.
Ssebyayi said Arinaitwe’s body was in a state of a person who was sexually
assaulted and later killed. According to Ssebyayi, Arinaitwe would have been
eaten by stray dogs if she had died a week ago.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.