Kampala- High Court will next week (September 3), start hearing a case in which a 76-year-old woman is accused of participating in ritual murder of her granddaughter.
Ms Hanifa Namuyanja is charged alongside her grandson, Mr Hussein Lukenge, with murder of Shamim Nalwoga, a minor.
According to the indictment, Hadijja Nasaka, a traditional healer currently on the run, on December 8, 2012, picked the deceased from her parents’ home and took her to her mother’s (Namuyanja) home at Kibalama Zone in Lukuli-Makindye, a Kampala suburb.
The accused started feeding the deceased on paraffin and soil, saying it would cure the disability she had. One of Nalwoga’s arms and leg were crippled.
Mr Lukenge, a half-brother to the deceased, is party to the trial because of the calls he made to Mr Mahammed Sewuwemba, the father of the deceased, assuring him that his daughter was in good hands and would be returned home in four days cured from the disability.
On December 17, 2012, Mr Sewuwemba received a call from Ms Nasaka informing him that his daughter (Nalwoga) had died.
A postmortem conducted on the deceased’s body showed her eyes were gouged out, her tongue and her private parts cut off which led to her death.
Mr Lukenge and his grandmother (Namayanja) will appear before Justice Joseph Murangira and plead to murder charges before the prosecution adduces witnesses to testify in their case.
The duo, currently on remand at Luzira prisons, are part of other 30 capital offenders to be tried in a criminal session that opened yesterday at the Kampala High Court.
The same court will on September 8, kick off with hearing of a case in which Ms Hamiyati Nansamba is accused of beating her son to death after he delayed at a water source (well).
Ms Nansamba, a resident of Wakimese Zone, Kyengera in Wakiso District, is said to have used ropes to tie Muhammad Nganda Zzimula to a pole before battering him on January 15, 2008. He later died of internal bleeding and injuries.