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6 women brutally raped, killed
Kampala — The body of Gorret Nansubuga, 19, was found dumped in a banana garden on June 7, just about 10 metres from her home; a one-room house she shared with her friend, Sylvia Kirabo. She was two months pregnant when she was killed.
Her body was discovered lying on the back with her legs spread open and a stick inserted into her vagina, shocking residents who looked on in disbelief at the abominable cruelty.
One of the neighbours who saw the body before police arrived and drove it away for a postmortem at Mulago hospital told Sunday Monitor that they had seen what looked like used condoms at the scene, creating fear that the lady might have been sexually molested before being killed.
A white T-shirt she donned had been pulled back over her head and her breasts exposed. Her white bra and red knickers with white stripes had been removed and put aside. A long stick; the size of a linear fluorescent tube bulb, was inserted into her vagina and caked blood lay between her legs.
So in less than two weeks, two women in Katabi Town Council, a burgeoning town bordering Entebbe Municipality, had been raped, brutally killed and sticks inserted into their private parts by unknown people.
Before June 7, when the first killing in Katabi Town Council was reported, four bodies of women, all in their 20s, suspected to have also been raped and strangled had, a week earlier, been discovered at Kibulooka and Masitoowa zones in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District.
Nansana Municipality lies on the outskirts of Kampala city.
Such killings are rare in Katabi Town Council and the residents here and surrounding areas in Wakiso District say they are now living in fear following the deaths, including another unsolved death of a woman found lying in a kiosk.
Police say they are investigating the strikingly similar and savage rape and killings, which they have so far attributed to family wrangles but one which a detective at one of the crime scenes says could be the work of a "serial killer" or a "network of killers".
The manner in which the six women met their death has a striking resemblance. The killer(s) take advantage of abandoned bushes and gardens to hide the bodies of their victims. The bodies of the Nansana victims were abandoned in a garden.
At the start of June, bodies of four women, all in their 20s, were recovered at Kibulooka and Masitoowa zones in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District.
Two of the bodies were found stripped naked at Kibulooka on a Monday morning and two days later, two other bodies were discovered dumped in a garden at Masitoowa in Nansana Municipality, just on the outskirts of Kampala city.
Preliminary police investigations suggested the women could have been sexually abused before they were killed, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, Mr Emilian Kayima, said in an earlier interview in reference to the Nansana cases.
"There were signs that the deceased tried to fight for their life. All the bodies had no underwear and we suspect they were first raped before they were strangled," Mr Kayima told Daily Monitor.
Of the four, only one of them, Juliet Nampijja, a resident of Namungona in Rubaga Division, Kampala was identified. The police did not identify the other three.
Five suspects, including a woman, were arrested as part of police's investigations into the gruesome killings.
"The murder of those two young ladies was gruesome. Both were murdered at night by criminals still at large. Unfortunately, they killed them by strangulation and sexually abused them before killing them. What is worse is the fact that sharp sticks were pushed into their private parts either before or after their death. We condemn such criminal acts that are not only violent but also barbaric," said Mr Kayima.
"The police recovered the bodies, and they have since been buried. These senseless murders continue to show up and girls have been a target. It happened in Nansana where we lost four girls; killed in a similar manner save for the fact that no sharp sticks were pushed into their private parts as was the Entebbe case. The police have intensified community policing programmes to give security tips and survival skills to people, especially young people," he added.
Police usually swings into action whenever there's any killing, especially one followed by public outcry and condemnation.
In some cases, arrests of suspects are made and promises are made to leave no stone unturned and averting future killings, but once the public outcry dies down, it is usually the end of the case until another killing.