Witchdoctor arrested over suspected ritual killing of 11-year-old girl

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Witchdoctor arrested over suspected ritual killing of 11-year-old girl
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By Ezrah Ssebuliba

Police in Kiboga holding a witch doctor in connection with the brutal murder of an 11-year-old girl.

Madinah Nakyeyune, 42 was arrested over the alleged ritual murder of Oliver Namanda, a pupil of Fairway Nursery School and resident of Buzibwera Cell, was reported missing on June 11, 2024.

According to the Wamala Region police spokesperson, Racheal Kawala, Namanda had last  been seen vending boiled fresh maize in Kiboga Town but never returned home.

“A missing person report was filed with the police, prompting an immediate search. On June 12, 2024, around 11:30 AM, a young boy discovered Namanda's dismembered body parts while collecting grass for animals in the kibanja of Mr. Sekandi in Kirurumba Cell,” Kawala said.

“The boy informed his parents, who then notified the Local Council 1 (LC1) of the area. The LC1 promptly alerted the police, and a task team led by the District Police Commander (DPC) of Kiboga responded to the scene.”

She said upon arrival, officers found that internal organs, including the lungs and heart, had been removed from the body.

“The abdomen had been severed from the legs and taken away, while the legs were left at the crime scene.”

Meanwhile police introduced sniffer dogs to the crime scene and led officers to Nakyeyune’s shrine , leading to her arrest.

According to Kawala, the recovered body parts were  taken to Kiboga Hospital Mortuary pending a postmortem examination while exhibits, including a knicker and a black skirt suspected to belong to the deceased, were also recovered.

“Nakyeyune, the shrine's owner, is currently detained at Kiboga Police Station as search efforts continue to recover the missing body parts.”

In a related incident, another Kirurumba resident, 35-year-old Kibuuka Peter, was found dead on the morning of June 13, with stab wounds to his neck and abdomen.

Wamala region  Police spokesperson Rachel Kawala urged parents to remain vigilant about their children's safety both at home and outside.

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