Police in Bududa District is investigating an incident in Nabooti Village, Nakatsi Sub-county, where a man allegedly chopped off his girlfriend’s hand, a minor, for rejecting his marriage proposal.
This tyrant man who was armed with a Panga, allegedly ambushed his girlfriend, 16, on the way to her parent’s home at around 9 pm last week and cut-off her right hand.
The 16-year-old senior two students also suffered several injuries on her back and legs.
She was rushed to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital where she was admitted.
“He wanted to marry me but I refused because I am still interested in my studies. He was not happy with it. He became angry with me,” she told media on Friday.
The young girl said she was with her friends on a fateful day.
‘After cutting off my right hand, he ran away and left me in a pool of blood. One of my friends called my parents and rushed me to Buduuda Hospital where they referred me to Mbale Regional Hospital for advanced treatment,’ she added.
The victim accused police of arresting the suspect and later releasing him under unclear circumstances.
“I want the police to re-arrest the suspect because I need justice. He should be arrested and prosecuted,” she said.
Ms. Juliet Khainza, the teenager’s mother, alleged that the suspect’s family compromised the police officers.
She appealed to Inspector General of Police and the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of Sate House, Lt Col Edith Nakalema, to intervene.
“The Police Director of Criminal Investigations Directorate should also intervene and help us to get justice,”
Ms. Khainza said.
“My daughter has lost her hand and she is in pain. We don’t even have money for her specialized treatment,” Ms. Khainza added.
However, Mr. Anthony Mutuma, the officer-in-charge of criminal investigations, said they are finding it hard to find the suspect because the victim told the detective that she could not identify the person who committed the offense.
“We arrested two suspects and we processed a file of attempted murder against the suspects and I couldn’t release them because it is a criminal case. But the Resident State Attorney in Bududa instructed us to release the suspects on police bond because the victim in her statement was not clear. The girl said it was dark and that she could not recognize the person who committed the offense,” Mr. Mutuma said.