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Kawaala Businesswoman Arrested Over Death of 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.
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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 bush.

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 earlier.

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.

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