Police is holding four suspects on allegations of murdering five children in Kyenjojo district in Western Uganda last week.
While addressing reporters on Monday, Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga said the the suspects broke into the house of Tumwebaze Joseph, a resident of Kahompo village, Bufunjo sub-county on the night of March 13, but did not find him in the house.
They instead attacked the five children in their bedroom and hacked them all to death before assaulting their mother. The mother was later dumped her into Kahompo river under the assumption that she was dead.
“She was however rescued the following morning and rushed to hospital where she is undergoing treatment,” Enanga said.
In a joint operation, Homicide Police, Flying Squad and Kyenjojo Police would later arrest the suspects from two families and identified other two who are still on the run.
They include Balyeija Justus aka Yusi, his wife Akampasa Keli, Muhereza Lauben and wife, Alinda Sylvia. The team further tracked down and arrested Allan Turyahikayo, from Ntinda and transferred him to Kyenjojo.
Those on the run are Byaruhanga Fred and Kagurane Emmanuel.
Enanga says preliminary information indicates that the suspects hatched a plot in their home to carry a revenge attack on the family of Joseph Tumwebaze, after he facilitated the release of his brother Ndyanabo Godfrey. Godfrey ha been imprisoned for the murder in 2012 of a one Bright who was a brother to the suspects.
“Two of his brothers Allan Turyahikaya and Balyeija Justus were not convinced with the out-of-court settlement between the two families and repeatedly threatened to revenge the life of their brother,” said Enanga.
“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,” he adds.
Police has condemned such acts of violence. Enanga revealed that the suspects will be charged with 5 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
He further said that a group of family liaison officers have already been sent to the grieving family to counsel and offer them support.