The police in Kyotera are holding the parents
of Francis Kateregga , 8, for their alleged involvement in his gruesome murder
Macklin Namaganda and Mike Sserwada,
both residents of Kasamba-Kyamayembe village in Bwamijja parish, Kabira
sub-county, were arrested following fresh investigations.
Kateregga was staying with his uncle
and maternal grandmother in Nakatoogo-Bikunya village, in Kabira sub-county when
he disappeared on September 19, 2021.
He had gone to their neighbour
Margret Nakate’s house to watch Television, when unknown people captured him on
his way back home.
The residents led by Mike Ssebuliba,
the Nakatoogo-Bikunya LCI Chairperson, mounted a joint search for the missing boy
that night but to no avail. His body was later found in the bush just a few meters
from his home.
The killers split his head and removed
his brain, while the blood was drawn from his body.
Initially, police arrested
two witch doctors and another suspect later.
According to Muhammad Nsubuga, the
Southern Regional Police Spokesperson, the police relied upon new vital information
from different sources to arrest Kateregga’s parents.
It is said that the couple connived
to kill their son for wealth while other sources said there was another man who
had consistently claimed Kateregga, saying he was his biological father, which
Richard Kalanzi, the Kabira LCIII
Chairperson, says there has been a longstanding dispute over the boy after
another man calling Sserwadda on different occasions to claimed for the boy.
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He further says that local
authorities have tried so much to sensitise residents about the dangers of
domestic violence but their efforts have been paralysed by the COVID-19 pandemic and
lack of enough facilitation to visit different villages.
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However, Namaganda and Sserwada have denied responsibility for their son’s death.
Muhammad Nsubuga appealed to the
residents with vital information in the matter to help police in the ongoing
investigation. He says they will keep the
information confidential to protect their source.