Violence: Uganda Police Detain Woman For Murdering Husband As Cases Rise


Police in Uganda’s  western district of  Mbarara is holding a 28-year-old woman for allegedly stubbing her husband to death.

According to Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, it is allegedly that Ms Faridah Nakayuwa Grace 28, a wife to the deceased Gava Abel 28 had a fight at home on November 1st before she stubbed him to death.

‘’On the night of November 1st at around 11.00pm, Gava Abel 28 a carpenter and resident of Butagasi cell, Kakiika division. It is alleged that the deceased fought with his wife Grace Faridah 28 over domestic violence issues. she stubbed him four times in the left side of his back and in his right shoulder with a kitchen knife leading to profuse bleeding’’ Mr Kasasira said

Mr Kasasira said the deceased was found dressed in a pair of shorts and a vest lying in a pool of blood with wounds.

‘’The deceased was found lying in between two beds dressed in a white vest a pair of shorts lying on his back in a pool of blood with four stabbing wounds in the back’’ Mr Kasasira said

Mr Kasasira said suspect Ms Nakayuwa was arrested and charged with murder ‘’ Ms Nakayuwa Grace Faridah is in police custody at Mbarara central police station on charges of murder ‘’

Mr Kasasira added that the knife, the suspect used to murder her husband was recovered from a pit latrine where she had hidden it.

‘’The murder weapon (Kitchen Knife) used in stabbing the deceased has been recovered from a pit latrine where the suspect had hidden it. The postmortem was done and the body handed over to family members as investigations into the matter are still ongoing’’ Mr Kasasira said

Kasasira says the murder weapon used in stabbing the deceased was recovered from a pit latrine

He added that the Postmortem was carried out at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital mortuary and body handed over to family members as Inquiries into the matter are still ongoing. Cases of murder have been rampant in the region, with the past 2019 registering shocking murders from domestic violence.

In June, a woman allegedly murdered seven family members in Nombe II B Village, Kashare Sub County in Mbarara. A week later, media reports indicated that there was still dried blood on the floor and walls of the house and kitchen, where Lydia Kyomuhangi, 50, is said to have hacked her daughter, granddaughter and five step grandchildren to death, and nearly ended the life of her husband.

The victims lived in three homes, about 50 meters apart, separated by banana plantations and gardens.

The spot in the compound from which she was lynched by the angry residents in revenge was also caked with blood.

“We have not registered a criminal incident of that nature in the three years I have served in Mbarara,” John Bosco Mutabazi, the OC CIID Mbarara says.

Kyomuhangi had been married to George Hangamaisho Kooma, 65, for over 20 years and they had three children together. Sharon Ainembabazi, 23, Justus Muzahura, 22, and Johnson Muhendo, 20. Ainembabazi is a nursery teacher in Hoima while Muzahura and Muhendo are students in college and secondary school respectively.

The community is buzzing with new information of what could have driven Kyomuhangi to kill her family members. According to Baryabuuza the locals say that the mother of Kyomuhangi, only identified as Katharina could have sent demons her way that led her to turn violent. Baryabuuza says it is alleged Katharina wants her property that Kyomuhangi took when she got married to Kooma.

Serial reports indicate that domestic violence has increased in Africa albeit efforts from governments, civil society groups and serial stakeholders to abate the problem. Domestic violence has been defined as ‘‘the range of sexually, psychologically and physically coercive acts used against adult and adolescent women by current or former male intimate partners’’.