Annet Namata’s husband, Unusu Lungu, says that he learnt about the shocking incident from his neighbours who intervened to save the teenager’s life when they saw her vomiting on the veranda after the suspect had left to go and trap grasshoppers.
He says the curious residents asked the teenager what had happened but she couldn’t speak and instead pointed at a plate of food inside the sitting room. The irritated residents notified Lungu after giving the teenager hot water to wash her mouth, garlic and charcoal powder to swallow.
Lungu says he couldn’t withhold his anger and attacked Namata at her workplace. She reportedly confessed and blamed the girl, saying that she removed the blood from a bucket and mixed it with her food. According to Lungu, the suspect fled into hiding when he left to report the matter to local authorities.
She claimed that she was ill advised by her friends to feed the minor with menstrual blood so as to turn her into a lunatic. Namata claimed that she felt infuriated because of the preferential care that her husband was giving to the teenager.
Namwejje says that the case weighed heavily on the Village Women Council, which prompted them to handover the suspect to police.
Rogers Sseguya, the Mukono district police commander, says they have handed over the matter to the child and family protection unit, which is also ensuring sufficient care for the teenager to recover psychologically from this trauma.