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Body of Missing 4-year-Old Girl Retrieved from Sugarcane Plantation

The girl was reportedly killed by Joseph Sserubiri, the lead pastor of Deliverance Church in Kakira market zone and his wife, Felista Namaganda, who had rented church space from John Mulodi, the father of the deceased. The two had gone missing together with the child in late September.
Photograph of Zabella Nakisuyi. profile photo.

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A four-year-old girl who had been reported missing in Kakira has been found dead. Parts of her body were retrieved by the Police in the Kiira region from a sugarcane plantation in Jinja City. 

The girl was reportedly killed by Joseph Sserubiri, the lead pastor of Deliverance Church in Kakira market zone and his wife, Felista Namaganda, who had rented church space from John Mulodi, the father of the deceased. The two had gone missing together with the child in late September.

But they were uncovered from a hideout in one of the sugarcane plantations in Mayuge district on Saturday after a search and detained at Kakira Central Police Station. Although they were hesitant to record police statements on the same, the suspects later confessed to having killed the girl; Zabella Trinity Nakisuyi, with the intent of acquiring supernatural powers that would enable them to raise a huge congregation of followers.

Sserubiri told detectives that they lured Nakisuyi to the church premises, intoxicated her with sleeping pills, before chopping off her head using a machete. He narrated that they sprinkled part of the deceased's blood in the different corners of the Church, and packed the body parts in 50-kilogramme bags for burial in different locations, as instructed by a witch doctor whom he declined to name.

The duo further led police to an abandoned landing site in Wanyange Lake Village, in the Northern division, where the deceased’s head had been buried, while the remaining body parts were retrieved from Kinyoro sugarcane plantation, in Kakira town council, Jinja district.

Mulodi told journalists that he is aggrieved but relieved that her daughters' body has been recovered. “It is so heartbreaking that my child’s life was cut short in such a manner, but my soul is at rest that her body was finally recovered and we shall accord her a decent burial after a long search,” he says.

Kiira region’s police spokesperson, James Mubi says that they extracted human bloodstains from the doorposts of the suspects' hideout. Bloodstains were also found in the different corners of the church and Sserubiri’s bloodstained pair of trousers was recovered from the church’s offertory basket.

Mubi adds that the duo will face two counts of murder and child sacrifice. However, efforts of tracking down the unidentified witchdoctor who aided the process are still ongoing.

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