Shock and grief engulfed residents of Kidega Village, Kidega Parish in Simu Sub-county in Bulambuli District after the body of a man who went missing three months ago, was found in a pit-latrine.
The decomposing body of Lawrence Magona, 60, was retrieved from a pit-latrine on Monday evening by locals after his wife, Ms Joyce Neumbe Muzaki, 48, confessed to police officers at Buyaga Police Station to having killed her husband on October 9, 2019, following a dispute over conjugal rights.
Ms Muzaki surrendered herself to police after relatives of the man from Kenya, started suspecting her of having a hand in his disappearance.
The Elgon police spokesperson, Mr Robert Tukei, confirmed the incident during a press briefing on Monday at his office in Mbale Town.
“The suspect confessed to have killed her husband and after she dumped his body in a pit-latrine to conceal the evidence,’’ Mr Tukei said.
“They (family of Magona) wanted to hold a meeting with police but the suspect objected to the decision. Thereafter, she decided to surrender herself to police and confessed,” he said.
The suspect is being held at Bulambuli Police Station and will be charged with murder.
Mr Tukei said the suspect told detectives that she killed the husband after he tried to force her into unprotected sex yet he was living with HIV.
“The suspect said she hit the husband using a hoe on the head,” he said.
Mr Amos Wanyoro, a resident, said they have been searching for the deceased for months but in vain.
“He was a humble and hardworking man. The issue of him being HIV positive is a concoction by the wife to get off the hook. It is not true,” he said.
Mr Wanyoro said they had on several occasions engaged the suspect on the whereabouts of her husband but she seemed unbothered.
“She was always hesitant to discuss the disappearance of her husband,” she said.