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Rakai Family Remains Homeless Two Years After Mob Attack

Fulgencio Mande Ssenkaayi and his wife Agnes Ndagire of Namatta village in Bbaale parish, Kibanda sub-county were expelled from the village in 2019 on allegations of witchcraft and child sacrifice.
Fulgencio Mande Ssenkaayi and his wife Agnes Ndagire who are homeless

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A family is seeking justice after staying homeless for two years following a mob attack in which their house and food plantations were destroyed.

Fulgencio Mande Ssenkaayi and his wife Agnes Ndagire of Namatta village in Bbaale parish, Kibanda sub-county were expelled from the village in 2019 on allegations of witchcraft and child sacrifice.

They were initially arrested by police but later the Director of Public Prosecution withdrew the case due to lack of evidence. According to Ssenkaayi, they were falsely accused by his brother and sisters following a bitter dispute over family land.  

He adds that his family members used the allegations to silence him and put him out of their way to control the family properties.  

//Cue in: “Nina enyiike yamanyi…

Cue out: “…obufananako webutyo.”//  

Following the attack on their home, the family sought refuge at Rakai Police Station for a week and later at Rakai District Headquarters.   They are now accommodated by a Good Samaritan at Kageye village in Byakabanda sub-county.

Ssenkaayi reported a case of assault, theft, and malicious damage of property at Rakai Police Station seeking justice and compensation for his properties.   He says his family’s woes deepened due to the delayed judicial processes yet his tormentors have not stopped.  

//Cue in: “Mubutuufu embeera mbi…

Cue out: “…weneburiza nkole ntya.”//

Ssenkaayi noted that he tried to follow his case but his appeals to arrest the suspects were futile.

//Cue in: “Omuntu adukira…

Cue out: “…batubuzabuza.”//  

Agnes Ndagire explains that they are worried about their children’s future as homeless parents. She recounts that she had just returned from Kakuuto Health Centre IV to deliver her baby when she was arrested on allegations of child kidnap and sacrifice. 

//Cue in: “Omuntu adukira…

Cue out: “…batubuzabuza.”//  

Eleven suspects who were accused of malicious damage of property were supposed to appear in Rakai Grade One Magistrates court last week, but they failed to turn up, forcing the court to issue a warrant of arrest.   

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