AGOGO – Police in Agago district are investigating circumstances under which a three-year-old girl was murdered.
The body of Patricia Agenorwot, was on Saturday morning found dumped in Lukole sub-county, Agago district without hands, tongue, left ear and breast.
The parents, Mr David Mwenya and Ms Catherine Anek Catherine, they said their daughter disappeared from their home on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
They said when their daughter disappeared from home they reported the matter to local leaders and police but they were shocked to learn that their daughter was murdered.
“It is suspected that the girl was kidnapped for rituals as most of her body parts were missing,’’ he said
Mr Mwenya, said the remains were found dumped in front of the grass thatch hut of Mr Charles Ayela in the same area.
Police at Lukole sub-county outpost have arrested Mr. Ayela as the first suspect into murder case.
The District Police Commander, Mr Albert Onyango, confirmed the incident saying one person is in their custody as investigation into the murder case is under way.
Police have thousands unresolved homicide cases committed in the last four years.
Of the 4,500 cases, less than 100 murders have been resolved.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said many cases collapse at infancy due to how Ugandans respond to crimes.
“Often times, people trample unto the crime scene which jeopardises investigations,” Mr Kayima said.
Another reason why investigations fail, Mr Kayima said, is that Ugandans are reluctant to report criminals to authorities.
“They need to help police in case they identified those involved so that we can ably follow the leads in order to apprehend criminals and bring them to book,” he said.
He was, however, quick to add that police and other security organs have prevented several murders and it was unfair to say police have failed in their duty.