Kakumiro woman arrested for strangling her daughter-in-law to death

Sylvia Uwimana, a 30-year-old woman, was arrested in Kakindo Municipality, Kakumiro District, for allegedly strangling her 10-year-old stepdaughter to death.


The victim, Rosemary Mbabazi, lived in the same neighborhood. Uwimana was reported to have fetched water with Mbabazi from the Kabayigalira swamp, a few kilometers from their home, on Sunday.

But on the way back, Uwimana allegedly attacked and strangled the girl, before throwing her lifeless body into the nearby swamp. The body was discovered by children playing near the swamp, who then reported the incident to local residents.

Residents rushed to the scene and found the child with bruises around her neck, indicating that she had been strangled. Johnson Musinguzi, the father of the deceased, expressed shock upon learning that his wife had murdered his daughter.

He said that before the incident, his wife and daughter-in-law lived peacefully and he was baffled by her abrupt decision. Julius Hakiza, a police spokesman for the Albertine region, said that during police questioning, Uwimana admitted to strangling his daughter-in-law.

Police transported the body of the deceased to Kakumiro IV Health Center for an autopsy before handing it over to relatives to arrange burial. In a related incident, Hoima Town Police are looking for Vivian Nyakato, a resident of Kijogo Cell of Kibingo Cell of Hoima West Division, for allegedly murdering a 16-year-old boy.

The deceased, Nelly Musinguzi, was a student at Geneva High School, town of Hoima. According to information gathered by URN, on May 25, Nyakato argued with Musinguzi over a jerry can at a construction site and allegedly hit him on the head with a brick.

Although he was transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for specialist medical treatment, Musinguzi died from his injuries on June 8. Julius Hakiza said Nyakato fled to an unknown destination after the incident and police were actively searching for her to ensure she was arrested and prosecuted for justice.