Luweero Man Kills Wife, Commits Suicide

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Tito Ddamulira, the elder son of the couple, says their father spent the entire night quarreling with their mother. According to Ddamulira, shortly before the incident his father chased him and his brother from the house or else he sets it ablaze.

A man in Luweero district has killed his wife and committed suicide. God Lubega, a resident of Kyevunze village in Katikamu Sub County locked up his wife, Mayimuna Namuyanja between 6 and 7am this morning and cut off her neck.

According to Police, Lubega committed suicide using a mosquito net after killing Namuyanja. The couple has left behind four children aged between 1 and 12 years. Paul Wataka, the Luweero District Police Commander, says Lubega first chased their elder son outside of the house, before slicing the neck of his wife using an axe.
 
Wataka says preliminary investigations show that Lubega picked a quarrel with his wife after she allegedly denied him a share of the Shillings 30,000 that she was paid for working at a farm belonging to Moses Saawa.
 

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Tito Ddamulira, the elder son of the couple, says their father spent the entire night quarreling with their mother. According to Ddamulira, shortly before the incident his father chased him and his brother from the house while threatening to set it ablaze.
 
Ddamulira says he fled from the house with his nine-year-old brother only to hear their mother crying for help.  He explains that he alerted their neighbor who rushed to see what was happening only to find the lifeless bodies of the couple. 
Residents describs Lubega as a violent and possessive man, saying he fought several men he suspected of being involved in an extra marital affair with his wife. 
Gabriel Ssempebwa, the Kyevunze village LC 1 Chairman has condemned the killing, saying it has left the children orphaned. Police have transferred the bodies of the couple to Mulago Referral Hospital for postmortem. 

 
Luweero district records scores of domestic cases each month. However, this is the first case of domestic violence that has culminated in murder since this year begun. The 2013 crime report shows that domestic violence claimed the lives of 360 people that year across the Country.
 
A survey conducted by Makerere Institute for Economic Research Policy, shows that Uganda losses more than Shillings 77 billion  each year in medical expenses, investigating and prosecuting cases of domestic violence among partners. The survey also shows that 68 % of women in Uganda have experienced some form of violence. 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.