Tuesday March 25 2014

Student murder a wake up call, says minister

By Abdulaziizi K. Tumusiime

The Gender minister has referred to the murder of 17-year-old Joan Namazzi, a former student of St Marks College Namagoma, as an alarm for Ugandans to scale up their participation in wiping out crime in the country.
Ms Mary Karooro Okurut made the remarks yesterday during a condolence visit to the deceased’s home in Nabbingo. She borrowed a line - “today is me, tomorrow is somebody else” - from the late Philly Lutaaya’s song to drive her message home.

“The other day, a student of Makerere University Business School was killed under similar circumstances. The recent case is of Namazzi. This new trend of assassinations should bother all citizens of the country,” she said.
The minister added: “We should all help the police in netting these murderers. Anyone with information that could lead to the assailants’ arrest should share it. You may withhold it but tomorrow, you or your relative could be the next target.”

The minister was flanked by Mr Wilson Salaam, the Nabbingo district police commander, who had led the search for Namazzi when she was reported missing.

Body discovered
Last Wednesday, Namazzi’s body was discovered in Kikajjo Namasuba, a city suburb. The previous day, she had been sent home by school authorities to clear a school fees balance. Her parents were not at home. She called and informed them that she was going to Kyambogo University to visit her elder sister, Jovia Terusonyiwa, a student there.
It is alleged tha`t the teenager was kidnapped on her way from the university after the visit.

When the kidnappers’ demand of Shs2 million ransom was not met, they killed the girl. According to police, the marks on her corpse suggested she could have been strangled. Meanwhile, suspected killers have been calling the deceased’s family members threatening to kill them next.

The suspects say the elder sister is the next victim and thereafter, the father. The minister termed the threats as impunity which will be curbed, soon.