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Man Poisons Self After Cutting Wife to Death

It is alleged that after eating Supper on Sunday night, Sigyirenda followed Asiimwe in the bedroom and cut her on the neck several times using a machete leaving her bleeding on their marital bed.
Canon Enock Kazooba, LC 3 Chairperson Ryakarimira Town Council
Kabale police are holding a man who attempted to commit suicide by taking rat poison after hacking his wife to death and attempting to kill his son. The suspect is Wilber Sigyirenda while the deceased is Phiona Asiimwe, both residents of Kacerere village in Kacerere Ward in Ryakarimira Town Council.

The couple reunited recently after breaking up for two months because of domestic conflicts. It is alleged that after eating Supper on Sunday night, Sigyirenda followed Asiimwe in the bedroom and cut her on the neck several times using a machete leaving her bleeding on their marital bed.     

He went on to cut his son from another woman for unknown reasons. The son reportedly survived narrowly after his father missed his target but slightly injured him on the head. Canon Enock Kazooba, the LC 3 chairperson of Ryakarimira Town Council, says that after committing the crimes Sigyirenda tried to end his life by taking rat poison but the process seemed slow prompting him to run away.   

However, it was too late for him since the neighbours who heard the alarm made by the victims intercepted him and handed him over to Ryakarimira Police Post. Police later transferred him to Rubaya Health Centre IV when his condition deteriorated because of the poison.   

   

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says that they have opened a case of murder against the suspect vide CRB 672/2021. This is the second murder case in Ryakarimira Town Council resulting from domestic violence in less than four months.

On April 16, 2021, Evas Nkwasa connived with her sons, Isaac Kiiza and Barnet Niwamanya to kill the family head, Bosco Niwagaba, a resident of Kigarama B of Hamuhambo Ward, Ryakarimira Town Council.  He was hit with a hoe on the head following a fight with his wife over money they had collected from a bar they jointly owned near their home in Kigarama Trading Centre.

Canon Kazooba attributes the case of domestic violence in Ryakarimira Town Council to idleness and marijuana smoking. "We have a problem of men, both young and old, spending a lot of time playing games of chance and smoking marijuana. When they usually lose money in playing cars and sports betting, they usually resort to beating wives at home demanding for more money," said Kazooba.

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