Man who beheaded girl lied about other killings

Tuesday September 22 2020
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A police officer escorts Joseph Nuwashaba, for interrogation at the CID offices in Kibuli, Kampala on September 14. PHOTO | KELVIN ATUHAIRE

By Andrew Bagala

A man, who was found with a severed head of a child at Parliament took detectives to a wild goose chase after telling them that he had killed more people in the Greater Masaka area and western region.
Detectives took Joseph Nuwashaba, 22, to homes in Mitooma District and Greater Masaka Sub-region where he claimed to have killed eight other people, but found out that his claims were false.
The spokesperson of the Criminal Investigation Directorate, Mr Charles Twiine, confirmed Nuwashaba misled the detectives.
“Detectives went into homes that he claimed to have killed a person, but the family members said they have never lost anyone. Detectives also went to the nearby police stations to verify and discovered that they have never received any such incidents,” the assistant superintendent of police said yesterday.
Mr Twiine said the suspect misled the detectives to divert them from concentrating on the investigation of the murder of Kyamagero.
“The police have abandoned the other claims and are now concentrating on the murder of Kyamagero. We are going to rely on the scientific evidence that pins him,” Mr Twiine said.
Nuwashaba was arrested last week at Parliament with a severed head of a female juvenile, Faith Kyamagero, which was wrapped as a gift he claimed he was taking to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. He has since been charged with defilement and murder.  He was also taken to Buganda Chief Magistrate’s Court where he recorded a confession statement.
 
Background
Nuwashaba, who hails from Kizinda, Ishaka Municipality in Bushenyi District, is said to have sought a job at the home of Mr Charles Ssenyonga, the father of the deceased in Kimanya-Kyabakuza Division in Masaka City three months ago.
Mr Ssenyonga employed him on the evening of September 13. The accused left the home with the deceased to shop but they never returned. 
Mr Ssenyonga was called the next morning by police that they had found a torso of his daughter abandoned in the bush.
Hours later, Nuwashaba was arrested with the head of the deceased at Parliament in Kampala.
Police examination of the deceased’s body indicated that she was defiled before she was killed.

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