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Kyotera Boy, 8, Murdered in Gruesome Ritual, Two Arrested

It is said that the victim had gone to their neighbour's house to watch a local drama series on Television, when he disappeared.


The police in Kyotera have arrested two people said to have been behind the ritual murder of an 8-year-old boy.

  The deceased has been identified as Francis Kateregga of Nakatoogo-Bikunya village, in Kabira sub-county.   

The murder occurred on Sunday night at around 9:30pm and has left his family and village shocked.   

It is said that he had gone to their neighbour Margret Nakate’s house to watch a local drama series called ‘NABOSA’ on Top Television, when he disappeared.   

According to Alex Kasinga, one of the residents, his family members got concerned after waiting for him to return home for several hours in vain.   He says they went to fetch him from the neighbour’s place only to be told that he had left earlier since it was getting late.

  Kasinga says that the boy must have been captured by unknown assailants on his way back home, and that they informed Mike Ssebuliba, the Nakatoogo-Bikunya LCI Chairperson, who reported the matter to Kabira police. 

He adds that a joint search started but they were not successful that night.   

According to Richard Kalanzi, the Kabira LCIII chairperson, the search for the boy continued today until his body was found in the bush this afternoon, just about half a kilometre from his home.   

The killers split his head and took his brain, while the blood was drawn from his body.  

Police brought their sniffer dog to the scene of crime to track the killers. Consequently, two people were arrested to aid ongoing investigations.   

URN has learnt that Kateregga’s parents Macklin Namaganda and Mike Sserwada, reside in Kasamba-Kyamayembe village in Bwamijja parish, Kabira sub-county.   

They had sent him to stay with his uncle in Nakatoogo-Bikunya village for a long holiday since the schools are still closed due to COVID-19 lockdown.  

Sande Mubarak, the Kyotera District Police Commander, says the incident is not connected to the recent killings in the region.    He further says that the panga which was used to kill Kateregga was recovered from the scene.  Mubarak adds that the body has been taken to Kalisizo hospital mortuary and a file CRB 518/21 KYTRA opened up for investigations.   

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