On Monday, the public watched in awe and total disgust as a 22 year old boy attempted to sneak a severed head into the office of the speaker of parliament.
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The suspect was later identified as Joseph Nuwashaba, 22, a resident of Ibanda district who went to Masaka about three months back to start a new life. The young girl he murdered is, Faith Kyamagero, a daughter to the good Samaritan and local pastor, Charles Ssenyonga, a resident of Kyabakuza in Kimanya Kyabakuza division in Masaka district. He was admitted by Charles as a casual labourer on the home farm.
According to local reports, Nuwashaba first appeared in Masaka town as a mentally distressed person seeking solace from well wishers. Geoffrey Muyinda, whistleblower familiar with Nuwashaba’s story says the suspect with the severed hard was three months back a common face on the streets of Masaka looking for where to live. “I am just wondering how the story of the boy and the head have taken centre stage so much to the extent of getting to Barometer Extra (NBS show)! Are people following the story from the root or are people arguing on assumption,” Muyinda wonders as he decries the political twist the story is taking. “I happen to work in Masaka where this whole story is originating. This boy (Nuwashaba) surfaced in Masaka town just about the beginning of COVID-19, started living on the street,” he says. He adds that the distressed 22 year old would later be adopted by a local pastor who wanted to rehabilitate him. “..He was picked on by the pastor who happens to be the father of the slain child. At the time of pastor picking him up, he showed signs if not being stable but the man of God insisted since it’s part of his calling,” he adds.
Time went on and Nuwashaba started recovering according to reports. He even started executing domestic chores and would play with the pastor’s children. “The boy had started showing signs of recovery until this fateful day while they were away for a burial leaving this boy with the children. That boy decided to go to the forest with a home knife in the name of going to look for medicine taking little Faith with him. The rest us history,” Muyinda exclaims.
The detectives on Wednesday said they are investigating to see if the murderer is also linked to the ritualistic deaths in Kamwengye and Ibanda districts in Western Uganda. “We are looking at similar killings in the western region where parts of the bodies were recovered, but suspects were never found. We want to find out if any of them has links to this suspect,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Twiine said yesterday.
Although reports claim Nuwashaba could be mentally distressed, the public is dissatisfied with how he chose parliament of all places. People say by the fact that the 22 year old Nuwashaba disguised as a woman at the time he was sneaking to parliament, it means he was sober enough to know what he was doing.