By Simon Abaho
Police in Rukungiri have arrested a couple over the death of their nine-year-old daughter whose body was recovered from a swamp near their home on Saturday.
Kigezi Region Police Spokesman Elly Maate, identified the suspects as Danson Ampumuza, the biological father, and Barbra Ninsiima a stepmother, both residents of Kyeshero village, Nyabitete Parish Buyanja sub-county Rukungiri District.
Maate said; “Ninsiima assaulted before killing Mary Nimusima, her stepdaughter of 9 years on Monday, July 1 when the husband, a one Ampumuza was away.”
“When he came back and was informed about it, they hatched a plan, took the body, and dumped it at Kyesero swamp,” Maate added.
The couple later reported their daughter as missing at Marumba Police Post vide SD 03/13/07/2021. Maate said the body was later discovered on Saturday, July 17 by two juveniles.
“Fabian Asaba and Benson Akandwanaho, who had gone to cut papyrus, alerted the area chairperson one Justus Kamuhamya,” Maate said.
Police later reached the scene and retrieved the body, which they took to Rwakabengo Healthy Center lll Mortuary pending postmortem.
Maate said in an interview that the couple confirmed killing and dumping their daughter in a swamp, and currently they are in custody as investigations continue.