Two women lost their lives in machete attacks, and the prime suspects, believed to be their husbands, are currently evading authorities. Police investigations are underway in the districts of Sironko and Apac, shedding light on the tragic events that unfolded.
In Sironko District, eastern Uganda, a 25-year-old man is accused of brutally murdering his 22-year-old wife, Loy Nambuya. The suspect fled his residence in Nangwe village, Bukirya parish, Nalusala Sub County, after locals discovered Nambuya’s mutilated body dumped in River Nangwe on Sunday. Preliminary findings indicate that the crime occurred following a domestic dispute.
Elgon Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Rogers Taitika, revealed the gruesome details of the incident, stating that the victim’s body was found severed at the waist, with deep cuts on the neck. Two blood-stained machetes were discovered at the suspect’s home, prompting an ongoing investigation. The body was taken to Mbale city mortuary for post-mortem analysis.
This incident marks the second within three days in the Elgon sub-region, following another tragic case where a pastor allegedly stabbed his wife in Namisindwa District.
Meanwhile, in Apac District, northern Uganda, a man is wanted by the police for allegedly hacking his wife, Santre Similimana, to death. The suspect, a resident of Acholi In Village, Akokoro Sub-county, is said to be on the run after the incident. Similimana, a 30-year-old mother of two, had recently reconciled with her estranged husband.
The tragic event unfolded on January 5 when the suspect, after leading his wife and son into the forest for charcoal burning, declared them hostages. Subsequently, he attacked Similimana with a machete, causing fatal injuries. The son managed to escape and seek help, but Similimana succumbed to her injuries upon reaching the nearby health center.
Mr Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga regional police spokesperson, declared the suspect wanted, and a murder case has been registered at Apac Police Station. The couple had faced challenges, leading to their temporary separation as documented by local leaders.
Domestic Violence Statistics
These incidents add to the concerning statistics of domestic violence in Uganda. According to the Police Annual Crime Report of 2022, there were 17,698 reported cases of domestic violence, a slight increase from 17,533 cases in 2021. The growing prevalence of such cases underscores the urgent need for societal awareness and intervention to address this disturbing trend.