Police in Manafwa District of Uganda have made an arrest of a 43-year-old man who was alleged to have killed his own son after he found out that he had eaten two pieces of meat his wife reserved for him to eat.
The suspect, who is a resident of Buwamwibi village, Maefe parish in Maefe Sub-county had strangled his son to death on the evening of Wednesday after discovering that he had eaten his meat. The deceased was an eight year old pupil at Maefe Primary School.
The District Police Commander (DPC) Mr Denis Kamugisha confirmed the incident and the arrest.
Mr Denis said:
“The suspect killed his son after he found out the he had eaten his meat kept for him by his wife, who was away when the incident happened. We were alerted and have arrested him.”
Mr Kamugisha said the suspect, who is currently detained at Manafwa Central Police station, will be charged with murder after the investigations.
He, however, cautioned parents against torturing their children and any other form of violence in their families, saying it’s a crime.
Mr Ahamada Washaki, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), who visited the scene, said the suspect, could have committed the offense under the influence of alcohol.
“The suspect was drunk at the time he committed the offence,” he said.
Mr Washaki said they have launched an operation to crackdown on early drinking and gambling, adding that they also organise meetings to sensitize people on dangers of domestic violence.
“People no longer work but instead wake up early morning to head to drinking joints and gambling centres, which has rendered most of them unproductive, poor and desperate,” he said.
Ms Everline Sellah, one of the neighbours told Daily Monitor, that on the fateful night, the suspect returned home from a drinking spree before asked for his meat. He got angry off after his son confessed to have eaten it.
“I heard when the son told him that he had eaten it and I knew it would annoy him but I did not expect that he would kill him because of meat,” she said.
Ms Sellah explained that after a few minutes, they heard the suspect making alarm that he had killed his own son.
“We thought he was joking but when rushed there, we found the child dead. He had strangled him to death,” he said.
Mr Juma Zubairi, the area LC3 chairperson said cases of men fighting for meat in their families is still rampant.
“When men buy meat, they expect to come back home find it and if they do not, they beat up their women and children,” he said.