Abortion Gone Wrong: Jinja witchdoctor kills 16-year-old school girl by inserting roots into her private parts

James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police spokesperson


Authorities in Kiira region are actively searching for a traditional healer accused of performing an illegal abortion that led to the untimely demise of 16-year-old Moreen Kabwire. The tragic incident occurred on January 2, 2024, when an unidentified witch doctor allegedly used the roots of the wandering jew plant and herbal concoctions to terminate Kabwire's four-month pregnancy.


Kabwire, a former student at Nakanyonyi Primary School, was the daughter of Joel Mbalyowe, residing in Wanyama Cell, Bugembe, Jinja city. The illicit procedure took place while she was staying with her grandmother, Betty Babirye, at Mutekanga zone in Bugembe.

The distressing events unfolded after Kabwire went missing on January 2, prompting her grandmother to report her disappearance to Bugembe police. Upon her return the following day, she began experiencing severe bleeding and was rushed to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.

James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police spokesperson, revealed that prior to her death, Kabwire disclosed that her boyfriend, known only as Junior, a local watchman, impregnated her. Allegedly, Junior coerced her into secrecy, threatening harm and disappearance if she revealed the pregnancy, compelling Kabwire to resort to the dangerous act of abortion.

A case of defilement has been filed against Junior, who is currently being pursued by the police. Additionally, Junior's brother, Isaac Okurut, and a neighbor, Eseza Namuyomba, have been arrested and charged with Rash and Negligent conduct due to their involvement, which contributed to the tragic outcome.

The suspects are held at Bugembe police station, while Kabwire's body awaits a postmortem examination at Jinja Main Hospital mortuary. Mubi disclosed that communication records retrieved from Okurut's phones revealed conversations between the deceased, Junior, Okurut, Namuyomba, and the witch doctor involved.

Police issued a stern warning to witch doctors engaging in unlawful activities, emphasizing that anyone implicated in aiding illegal abortions or similar crimes will face legal consequences. Mubi highlighted the alarming trend of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the region, with 1401 reported cases from 2021 to 2023, resulting in various social issues.

Despite the challenges, Mubi urged the public to collaborate in combating GBV, expressing the police's commitment to apprehending and prosecuting perpetrators. He credited the reduction in cases to effective partnerships between the police, the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), religious leaders, and other stakeholders in the region.

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