By Fred Kiva
The Police have arrested five suspects in the murder of five children in Kyenjojo district last week.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga told a weekly press briefing at Naguru Police Headquarters that those arrested include; the prime suspect Allan Turyahikayo who was nabbed from Ntinda and transferred to Kyenjojo, while the others are; Justus Balyeija and his wife Keli Akampasa plus Lauben Muhereza and his wife Slyvia Alinda. Enanga said police are hunting for the other two suspects, who include a local leader in the area.
“We have established the identity of the other two suspects on the run, on the lookout for Fred Byaruhanga, an area councilor in whose home the plot (murder) was hatched, and Emmanuel Kagurane who instigated the murder. We are tracking them down for arrest,” Enanga said, adding that a joint team of Police Homicide, Flying Squad, and Kyenjojo Police are on the ground to investigate the gruesome incident.
Enanga asked those with information regarding the whereabouts of the fugitives to share it with the police in confidence.
“Meanwhile a team of specially trained family liaison officers are in touch with the surviving family members, counseling and supporting them,” Enanga said.
The gruesome incident occurred on March 13 at around 1 am, when the assailants broke into the home of Joseph Tumwebaze, a businessman in Kahompo village in Bufunjo Sub County and hacked to death his children, aged 7years to one month, while he was away. The children’s mother was seriously beaten and dumped in Kahompo stream, where she was later rescued. She is still undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile Police preliminary findings indicate that the multiple killings were in revenge against Tumwebaze's family.According to Enanga, the suspects accused Tumwebaze of facilitating release of his brother, Godfrey Ndyanabo who had been imprisoned over the murder of one Bright, a brother to Allan Turyahikayo and Justus Baleija in 2012.
"The suspects have confessed to the murder and also led the task team to the recovery of a blood stained shirt to one of the child victims and pangas used as murder weapons," Enanga revealed.