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Woman kidnapped from health centre, raped, killed

Police in Kakumiro district have arrested one suspect in connection with an incident where a woman was kidnapped, raped and killed on Thursday.

Heloth Karacha, the Kakumiro District officer in charge of crime investigations, confirmed the murder of Constance Kyasimiire, 38, a resident of Kiryabukurura village, Kikwaya Sub County, Kakumiro district.

It is said that Kyasimiire was attending to her two sick children who were admitted at Kakindo Health Centre IV, where she was reportedly kidnapped by unknown people in the wee hours of Thursday morning and later murdered.

Dr Nicholas Tumwesige, Kakindo Health Centre IV in-charge said the security personnel at the health facility got concerned after noticing that Kyasimiire had gone missing for hours and her children were crying. 

‘‘I was informed about a missing patient attendant from the children’s ward at around 3am by the security guard. We found her shoes at the latrine and a trail of footmarks,” said Dr Tumwesige. 

He said he immediately alerted police which arrived at the facility and mobilized a search team.

Christopher Twinamasiko, Kyasimiire’s husband said he was home with their other children when he got a distress call at around 1am on Thursday alerting him about his missing wife.

Following a frantic search by her husband and other residents, Kyasimiire’s body was discovered half-buried in a garden in Kyakachwende cell, Kakindo town council hours after she went missing.

‘‘I went and joined the search team but we did not see her because it was still dark. At daybreak, we resumed the search only to find her body half-buried in a freshly-dug grave in the health center’s neighborhood,’’ said Twinamasiko.

Dr Tumwesige said according to the postmortem report, the deceased’s body had bruises around her neck and her private parts were bleeding which all point to rape.

“Our health facility has no fence and it is frequented by many people around this area. Our security guards get challenges in restricting people from entering the facility premises. We want the district to help us and put a fence at this health center,’’ said Dr Tumwesige.

The body was found buried a few metres away from the home a 28-year-old man identified as Evaristo Kisakye. When police searched his house, they reportedly recovered some clothes belonging to the victim. He has since been arrested and taken to police to help with the investigations.

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