Hoima Police Exhume Body of Infant Killed By Mother

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Police in Hoima district have exhumed and re-buried a three-week-old baby boy that was allegedly killed by the mother a week ago.

Police in Hoima district have exhumed and re-buried a three-weeks-old baby boy that was allegedly killed by the mother a week ago.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police spokesperson, says that Scovia Asiimwe, in her mid 20s, led the police officers including a pathologist to Kyakirubi village in Bugambe Sub County where she had buried the baby.

Asiimwe was arrested following a tip-off by the residents who got suspicious after realising the newly-born baby had disappeared. Hakiza told Uganda Radio Network that the decomposing body has been exhumed and reburied at Asiimwe's home in Muhwiju village in Buhimba Sub County.

According to police, Asiimwe killed the baby with rat poison after failing to identify the father. Reports indicate that she approached two different men with each denying responsibility for the pregnancy.

Hakiza says that Asiimwe was able to lead the police to the grave she dug in a cassava garden after confessing during interrogations that she had decided to kill the baby to avoid suffering again raising the child. She had a similar experience with her first child.

According to police information, three years ago Asiimwe delivered a baby boy but her then husband denied it saying she should look for the true father.

Hakiza says that Asiimwe will soon be taken to court on charges of murder once the investigations are complete.


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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.