EASTERN UGANDA: Pregnant Woman Stabbed to Death By Pastor


A 48-year-old pastor affiliated with Christ Church in Bukhabusi Sub-county, Namisindwa District, has been apprehended in connection with the brutal murder of his 44-year-old pregnant wife. The accused pastor, a resident of Malukhu Village in Butiru Parish, allegedly committed the heinous act during a domestic dispute.

The police reports and testimonies from neighbors revealed that the suspect had previously accused his late wife, Agnes Mandala, of infidelity with another man in the neighborhood. The lifeless body of the deceased was tragically discovered on the banks of a deep stream of water on Wednesday.

Elgon Regional Police Spokesperson, Rogers Taitika, disclosed that the deceased, who was 22 weeks pregnant, displayed signs of wounds on the spleen, a detail later corroborated by postmortem reports.

In response to the crime, a Police canine unit was deployed to the scene, leading investigators to the suspect's residence, where he was taken into custody. Personal belongings of the deceased, including a phone, were reportedly found in the possession of the suspect.

Taitika emphasized the significance of couples avoiding resorting to violence as a means to resolve marital issues. The grieving family, friends, and church community of the deceased have implored the police to conduct a thorough and swift investigation into the tragic incident.

Highlighting a disturbing trend in the Elgon region, Taitika shared that between January and June 2023, the police recorded 70 domestic violence cases and four murders resulting from domestic disputes. The statistics also painted a grim picture of child-related crimes, encompassing torture, defilement, rape, neglect, and desertion.

Baker Mwanya, the Mbale Senior Development Officer (DCDO), attributed the surge in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) to factors such as poverty, traditional beliefs, and lack of awareness. Bennah Namono, the head of Women activists in Bugisu Sub-region, called for urgent government intervention, particularly in ensuring the safety of women facing such threats.

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