Police in Kampala are looking into the attempted murder of a 14-year-old Kenyan girl last week.
Police at Old Kampala have arrested Raphael Nsibirwa, a special hire taxi driver, for the attempted murder of Esther Egesa who is from Teso district in Kenya. Egesa reportedly came to Uganda on June 14th to get school fees from her brother Godfrey Nyabore, who is a businessman in Kampala.
On her arrival, Egessa was picked up by the taxi driver who claimed to have been sent by her brother. She was not taken to see Nyabore immediately, but went with Raphael Nsibirwa to visit a student of St. Lawerence London College and Makerere University. All the while, Nsibirwa promised he would deliver her to her brother.
Later that evening the two walked towards Lugala, near Mengo and Nsibirwa pounced on Egessa. Egessa claims Nsibirwa started to strangler her, but was scared away when a car approached them.
The girl was rescued by the driver, who took her to Liberty Worship Center, a church near the scene of the attack.
Police later arrested Nsibirwa in Kagoma, just off Bombo Road. Egessa's school uniform and books were recovered from his home in Busega.
A source within the police says Nsibirwa claimed to be part of a group of people killing young girls to harvest their body parts. He said the body parts are sold in an undisclosed place in Hoima district. Girls' private parts fetch five million shillings, while boys' private parts are bought for 800,000 shillings.
It is suspected that the body parts are used for witchcraft.
Despite the charges against him, the case file against Raphael Nsibirwa indicates that he has been charged with simple robbery and not attempted murder.
The Kenyan girl, Esther Egessa, has been handed over to the Kenyan High Commission in Kampala. She was taken for a medial check up and the High Commission paid for her travel back home.
The Kenyan High Commission is still is silent about the case. There is however information that they are quietly following it, specifically when it was revealed that there was an attempt to release Nsibirwa on bond.