Domestic Violence Cases Rise in Luwero: Stepfather Accused of Heinous Crime
A tragic incident in Luwero town has led to a manhunt for an individual accused of raping and killing his stepdaughter amid a dispute with his wife. The suspect, Christopher Ssesanga, is alleged to have committed this heinous act against Shirat Nakijjwe, a 16-year-old senior two student at Midland High School. The victim had been residing with her mother, Margaret Nankya, in Kizito Zone, Luwero town council.
Ruth Nankumba, the vice-chairperson of Kizito Zone, shared that Ssesanga and Nankya’s relationship had soured, culminating in their separation. In a horrifying turn of events, he seized the opportunity of Nankya’s absence to assault his stepdaughter on a fateful Friday night. Before fleeing, he left behind a chilling note, threatening to track down Nankya and end her life as well. Nankumba revealed that the mother only discovered her daughter’s tragic fate upon returning home from an overnight vigil.
Yusuf Kalemera, a neighbor, described the heart-wrenching scene, with the lifeless body of the victim found partially unclothed on a bed, accompanied by the menacing note left by the assailant. Regrettably, Nankya had reportedly received multiple death threats following the termination of her romantic relationship with Ssesanga, though she had not taken them seriously.
Authorities from Luwero Central Police Station promptly transported the deceased’s body to the Mulago Referral Hospital’s mortuary for a postmortem examination. Sam Twineamazima, the spokesperson for the Savannah Regional Police, confirmed that a statement had been recorded from the victim’s mother, and an active search for the suspect was underway.
According to the 2022 police crime report, Luwero district saw a surge in domestic violence cases, recording 501 cases, compared to the 340 cases reported in 2021. Consequently, Luwero became the second-highest district in terms of domestic violence cases, following Kiryandongo, which documented 520 cases in 2022.