Woman At Large After Strangling Step Son to Death

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Esther Bella, the aunt to the deceased, says the suspect was seen moving with the minor towards Namatala River. She says Nalondos movement with the boy surprised everybody in the area because she had never moved with the deceased.

Mbale Police have launched a manhunt for a woman accused of strangling her four-year-old step son and dumping his body in Namatala River in industrial division in Mbale municipality.
 

The suspect is Diana Nalondo, a resident at Namatala ward in Industrial Division. Nalondo is wanted in connection to the death of four-year-old Anthony over the weekend.

 
The boy's father is Henry Makafu, a charcoal dealer in Mbale town. Suwed Manshur, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, says they are hunting for the suspect to answer for murder.

    
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He says they are holding Sarah Kitui, a friend to the suspect to help with police investigations. "I am just from my village in Manafwa but I am surprised that I have been arrested that I together with my friend murdered a four year old child,'' she told URN at Mbale Central Police Station as she was waiting to record her statement.
        
 
Esther Bella, the aunt to the deceased, says the suspect was seen moving with the minor towards Namatala River. She says Nalondo's movement with the boy surprised everybody in the area because she had never moved with the deceased.
 
 
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A postmortem conducted at Mbale Municipal Mortuary this morning shows that the infant was first strangled before being dumped into the river.
 

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.