By Jane Nambi
The suspected murderers of 9-year-old Hanisha ‘Nisha’ Nambi have been arrested.
43-year-old Samuel Lubwama and his son 21-year-old Henry Kigozi were yesterday charged and remanded to prison by Grade One Magistrate Court in Nabweru in Wakiso District under suspicion of raping and strangling Nisha to death in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb. They are at the time on remand in Luzira prison.
According to a police post-mortem, Nisha was raped before being strangled to death and the cause of death was identified as Asphyxia a result of manual strangulation. Nisha was murdered last week Tuesday. At the time of the murder, Minister of Gender, Mary Karooro Okurut visited the home of Nisha’s parents at Quarter Zone, Kanyanya in Kawempe Division and said people who rape and kill children should also be killed.
“When I read the story of this killed girl, I got shocked. Why do you kill an innocent young child? Those who kill our children should also be killed. They should be hanged,” Ms Karooro said. She however made it clear that hanging of convicts should be done legally.
Nisha was found strangled in an empty house, a few metres from her grandmother’s home. “I am in too much pain. I cannot find the words to describe the feeling,” Nisha’s father, Eddie Lwanga said. A pupil at Serinah Nursery and Primary School, Nisha was at home helping with the house chores since it was holiday time by the time of her murder.
In the morning, she joined her grandmother, Rose Namusoke behind their home as she tilled a family garden. After being instructed by her father to keep her clothes clean together with her sister, Nisha went to wash her clothes at a nearby spring. Her sister, Rose later joined her to play in an abandoned house about 15 metres from their home. The last time she was seen was when she was sitting alone on a verandah by her aunt, Olivia Namusoke.
Her death brought a lot of chills to many parents who let their children play as they wish.