By Jane Nambi
A one month old baby girl received what one could call the most harsh treatment after her stepmother stashed razor blades in her private parts.
Zainab Nakawungu Babirye, is currently undergoing an operation that could end with her uterus being removed.
The incident occurred in Masaka district and it is believed that it was as a result of a rivalry between her mother, Lydia Namaganda and stepmother who was identified as Namuwonge over their husband, Ali Kulumba. Babirye’s father, Kulumba said that Namuwonge inserted several pieces of razor blades into the baby’s private parts at their home in Kirinda-Nyendo, Masaka, on Thursday, for unknown reasons.
Kulumba said the two women have been quarrelling over him for some time now but did not take the threats seriously until Thursday’s events occurred. “I had left her home with her siblings when she [Namuwonge] returned and stealthily moved into the house up to where the baby had been laid to sleep,” Namaganda, the girl’s mother said on Saturday. “She cut her several times on the limbs and inserted the razor blades in her [private parts].”
Four pieces of razor blades were recovered by doctors by Saturday in a Masaka hospital. X-ray images showed more blades were still stuck in her uterus. “I’m waiting for Monday to get the way forward from the doctors but they have told me that an operation to remove the uterus is likely,” Namaganda revealed.
Namuwonge was arrested on Friday evening and taken to Nyendo police station where she was first charged with assault but had her charge sheet amended to causing bodily harm when the police learnt of the extent of the baby condition. “She is still with us but the challenge we have is that she is not in good condition since she did not come with her ARVs,” said Christine Namawuba, the officer in charge of Nyendo police. “She has also started changing statements because I have so far spoken to her four times and every time you talk to her, she gives a different statement. Maybe it is because she is talking to different people,” Namawuba added.