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Lwengo deputy headteacher hacks to death wife, baby

Police in Lwengo district has arrested George William Tugume, 47, the deputy headteacher of Kaboyo primary school for allegedly hacking to death his wife and their four-month-old baby.

It is said that Tugume killed his wife Rose Katushabe, 24, and the baby and dumped their amputated bodies in a pit latrine. Tugume and Katushabe had a longstanding feud which local leaders and community members tried to address in vain.

But residents were concerned when  Katushabe went missing for a week after a fight with her husband, yet her known mobile number was off. After a thorough search, her decomposing body was eventually found in a pit latrine at their home in the Industrial zone in Lwengo town council. They alerted the Police Fire Brigade from Masaka which dug up the pit latrine with the aid of local residents to retrieve the bodies.

Anthony Luwaga, the Lwengo sub-county councillor condemned the gruesome act saying that the local leaders previously took the fight between the couple lightly.  

Doreen Ankunda, the Lwengo district education officer, says that they had earlier wanted Tugume to be relieved of his duties because he had a mental disorder. However, she says that she referred the matter to the medical board for assessment and discontinuation, a process that was still underway.

Ankunda explains that Katushabe had earlier reported that Tugume had neglected her yet she was pregnant. But Ankunda advised Katushabe to give Tugume space since he had a mental problem which she declined. According to Ankunda, Tugume had given Katushabe Shs 200,000 to go to her parent's home but she rejected it saying she instead wanted Shs 500,00. 

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