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Woman Lynched over Suspected Involvement in Child Sacrifice

Photo of late. James Kabaale aged seven years who is suspected to have been killed by the aid of his aunt, Fatuma Nakiyuka for ritual purposes.

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Thirty-five year old Fatuma Nakiyuka, a resident of Bulanga village in Namungalwe sub county, Iganga district has today succumbed to injuries sustained on Tuesday night after being battered by a mob who accused her of engaging in child sacrifice. 

It is alleged that, two weeks ago, Nakiyuka teamed up with a group of other people to kidnap her seven year old nephew, James Kabaale who was under the custody of his grandfather, Siraje Gatengeleile. 

Kabaale’s lifeless body which had deep cuts in the neck and head was on Monday night retrieved from a sugarcane plantation in Mayuge district. 

Joseph Kabaale, the deceased’s father says that the village leadership held a meeting on Monday afternoon and the same suspect helped police to locate Kabaale’s body but they were surprised to discover that, she had been released. 

Kabaale says that, Nakiyuka helped them to also retrieve the deceased’s missing body parts which had been buried in a different area within the sugarcane plantation but police officers declined to charge her. 

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Ismael Iyirita says that the mob action was sparked off by police officers who after releasing the suspect presented to them by the local leadership failed to sensitize the community on the merits of the case and instead arrested whoever attempted to question their actions. 

He further states that, police personnel declined to update the local leadership on the progress of investigations, living them incapacitated without any authority to control the already outraged crowd. 

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Meanwhile, James Mubi, the Busoga east police spokesperson told journalists that, the matter was still under investigations but declined to divulge further details.