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Child rapists should be killed, says minister

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Gender minister Mary Karooro Okurut (R) consoles Mr Eddie Lwanga

Gender minister Mary Karooro Okurut (R) consoles Mr Eddie Lwanga, the father of the nine-year-old Nisha Nambi who was raped and killed in Kanyanya, a city suburb. The medical report indicates that the girl was strangled to death on Tuesday night. The minister Thursday suggested that such criminals, once convicted, should be sentenced to death and killed by hanging. PHOTO BY FAISWAL KASIRYE  

By  ANDREW BAGALA

Posted  Friday, September 6  2013 at  01:00
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KAMPALA- With narrations by eyewitnesses of the body of the nine-year-old girl, raped and strangled by a suspected criminal gang, Gender minister Mary Karooro Okurut could not contain her emotions as she broke down and cried on a visit to the scene of the gruesome murder.

Nambi was allegedly raped and later strangled in an abandoned house near her home on Tuesday.
Parents and neighbours of the deceased narrated how they found her dead in an abandoned building in Quarter Zone Kanyanya, Kawempe Division, Kampala.

Ms Karooro, who also visited the home of the parents of the dead girl, Nisha Nambi, said people who rape and kill children should be also be killed.

“When I read the story of this killed girl in the Daily Monitor, I got shocked. Why do you kill an innocent young child? Those who kill our children should also be killed. They should be hanged,” she said. But Ms Karooro added that the hanging of convicts should be done through the legal course.

Drugs blamed
Ms Karooro said most of the heinous crimes that are permeating the communities are committed by youths who consume narcotics.

“Now, you can’t send a child to the shop to buy fuel at night because you aren’t sure whether she will come back. We should not keep quiet about these acts. We should help the police to fight them,” she said.

Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba asked the residents to keep an eye on their children because there are many paedophiles and ritual murderers looking for soft targets.
Nambi’s mother, Ms Esther Nakazi and father, Mr Eddy Lwanga weren’t present in the area when she went missing.

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