By Ivan Mwine
The police in western Uganda have arrested a wealthy businessman over allegations of murdering a two-year-old girl with intent to boost his business empire.
According to CP Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson, the Territorial Police in Sheema District on Monday arrested a moneylender identified as Joseph Kamugisha, a prominent farmer and businessman, in connection with the disappearance of Kemigisha Christabel, a two-year girl victim, on July 18, 2022, at Mutanoga cell, Kigarama sub-county in the Sheema district, which turned out to be a murder, after the victim’s body was recovered.
“The motivation of the disappearance and murder, appears to be for ritualistic sacrifice, after the prime suspect Byamukama Justus, admitted to kidnapping the victim, from the grandfather’s home, a one Kakooma John,” Enanga said in a statement.
He added that; “In conspiracy with Tumwesigye Clinton alias Musajja, they cut the victims throat and collected blood and thereafter, and dumped the victim’s body in front of Constance’s home, a neighbor and resident of the same village. He further admitted that there was a rich man who sent them for the blood. After the arrest of Tumwesigye Clinton alias Musajja, it was established that he was in touch with Kamugisha Joseph, the prominent farmer/businessman, on the night that the victim was kidnapped and murdered. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Christabel. The pain and fear she endured at the time of the brutal murder was unbearable for her age.”
Urging the business community to desist from such illegal practices, Enanga said that; “We also call upon the business community to come up with stronger measures of profiling and auditing the activities of all business persons in coordination with our intelligence components of CI, ISO, and CMI to help weed out brutal persons, who take advantage of young juveniles, in search of wealth and prosperity.”
He revealed that the police shall continue to monitor the progress of the case in a bid to seek justice for the victim, noting that exhibits of a hoe, blood-stained clothes, phone print-outs and the killer weapon had been recovered by homicide detectives.
He warned parents and guardians to be extra alert while protecting children, because the victim was kidnapped from her grandfather’s home, without the knowledge of anyone, yet such threats against children are on the increase across the country.