Man Murders Wife Over Nagging

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In short
After taunting him one too many times, Komangiro Lowoton finally snapped on Tuesday and beat his wife Ikwale to death. Lowoton claims that Ikwale had been belitting him for many years by saying his brother had been a better man than he is. This brother died 10 years ago.

An elderly man in Moroto district has surrendered to the Uganda People’s Defense Forces detachment after assaulting and killing his wife. 84-old Komangiro Lowoton, a resident of Lobunet village in Rupa Sub County allegedly beat up his 50-year-old wife Lokol Ikwale to death on Tuesday night because she was a nag.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the couple had a disagreement before Ikwale met her death. It is alleged that the deceased has been nagging her husband over his brother in law who died a decade ago. She did this whenever she would get drunk. On Tuesday, Ikwale got tipsy with her daughters and started the same talk but Komangiro asked them to stop in vain. As a result, he picked up a stick and hit Ikwale on the head leaving her unconscious.
The family attempted to revive her without success. The Karimojong believe in the kiss of life. After making various attempts to resuscitate Ikwale in vain, Komangiro walked to the nearby UPDF detachment and handed in himself that night. He was later handed over by the army to the police. Rose Azicia, the acting officer in charge of the crime desk at Moroto central Police station says investigations into the incident are ongoing.

She condemned the murder saying this is an issue that could have been handled by the clan.  Dr. Moses Okwir, who conducted the autopsy at Moroto referral hospital, says Ikwale died of intra-cranial hemorrhage-closed bleeding in the brain following head trauma. He adds that the deceased was hit several times on the head.


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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.