Man Kills 2 Sons, Cites Demonic Possession Top story

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A man has been arrested in Nakasongola district after confessing to killing his two sons Davis Seguya (4) and Ronia Tebutyanga (3). The man Ronald Batte is currently detained at Nakasongola Police Station for his own safety.

A man has been arrested in Nakasongola district after confessing to killing his two sons Davis Seguya (4) and Ronia Tebutyanga (3).
 
The man Ronald Batte is currently detained at Nakasongola Police Station for his own safety.
 
Batte committed the crime in Dembe village, Migyera town council, Nakasongola where he was resident.
 
Batte is thought to have killed the children between Sunday and Tuesday. Batte killed one of the children by strangulation and stabbed the other with a sharp object.
 
Batte was arrested after he turned himself in at Migyera Police Station.
 
He then led police commanded by ASP Richard Malumba to the scene of the crime where the bodies of the two children were recovered.
 
On learning of the killing of the children, angry residents then tried to storm Migyera Police Station to lynch Batte.
 
Migyera police was forced to call for reinforcements from Nakasongola Police Station who arrived commanded by District Police Commander Dick Ayesigomwe.
 
Police had to fire teargas and live bullets to disperse the grief stricken and angry residents.
 
Seguya and Tebutyanga's bodies were then transported to Nakasongola Health Centre IV for post mortem and further investigation.
 
The children's bodies were transported along with their shocked mother Teopista Ndikibulirani. Teopista reportedly collapsed on learning that her children had been killed by their father.
 
Teopista has been living at Kitwe-kyambogo village apart from her husband Batte.
 
Teopista told neighbours that she had abandoned her marital home because her in-laws had frustrated her relationship with Batte.
 
Teopista's neighbour in Kitwe-kyambogo, Edward Ssendigya said that she had been receiving numerous threatening messages from Batte.
 
Ssendigya said that Teopisa had been so frightened of Batte that she had reported several times to police. However, police would release Batte after a short detention.
 
On Sunday, Batte came to Teopista's one roomed house and took away the children. That was the last time they were seen alive until Batte's confession to Migyera police.
 
Savannah region police spokesperson Lameck Kigozi said Batte is being held at Nakasongola Police Station to help in investigations.
 
Kigozi said that Batte had confessed to killing the children though his mental stability is questionable. Batte told his interrogators that he had killed the children under demonic possession.
 
Teopista is in Nakasongola Health Centre IV under medical watch and receiving treatment.

 

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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.