Housemaid, cleaner charged with toddler murder

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By BETTY NDAGIRE

Kampala. A housemaid and a cleaner were Thursday charged with the murder of a child, a crime that was committed in Nakawa Division, Kampala.
Harriet Nakalema, 32, who doubles as the deceased’s mother and Annet Mwagale, 42, appeared before City Hall Magistrate’s Court.
The Grade One Magistrate, Ms Beatrice Khainza, did not allow them to plead to the charges of murder and trafficking because they are capital offences that can only be tried by the High Court.
Ms Khainza instead read to them the charges before she remanded them to Luzira prison until November 26 for mention.

Prosecution led by Ms Loe Kalungi contends that on October 29, at Balintumwa Zone in Kiwatule, a city suburb, Nakalema and Mwagale with malice aforethought unlawfully murdered a toddler, Vivian Nalunga.
On the count of trafficking in children, it is stated that the dual still on the same date and place, removed organs which included large and small intestines, uterus, vagina, ovaries, bladder and the rectum from the body of Nalunga for the purpose of human sacrifice.

The arrest
Detectives at Kira Road on October 30 arrested Nakalema for allegedly killing her 18-month-old daughter.
Police records indicate that the toddler was killed on October 29, by her mother with the help of Mwagale.
The records note that after committing the heinous act, the two women reportedly rushed the deceased to Mulago Causality Hospital where the doctors confirmed the baby had died due to excessive bleeding.
The postmortem report from Kampala City Mortuary raised questions regarding the cause of Nalunga’s injuries and eventual death.
The report indicated that the baby’s body was found with missing private parts, uterus and intestines. The doctors then alerted police which arrested the two women.

Police detectives conducted a searched at the house, where they recovered intestines suspected to belong to the deceased fitted into the kitchen sink, a bucket and clothes soaked with blood.
However, her private parts and uterus were not found.

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