NEBBI. The police in Nebbi have arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the alleged killing of his wife, 24 year old Patricia Ayiyowoth, a resident of Okemu village, Atego sub-county, Nebbi district.

The suspect is alleged to have killed his wife when the deceased declined to give his Shs 50,000 he had given her to keep.

According to the officer-in-charge of criminal investigations at Nebbi police station Mr Nicholas Nantajja, the suspect, after the incidence ran away but he was arrested on Tuesday and is being detained pending investigations and production in court.

“It is unfortunate the relatives of the deceased went to the suspect’s village and burnt a total of 26 huts and destroyed properties worth millions of shillings including crops in the garden leaving these people completely helpless”, he said.

He said though no one has been arrested in connection to the arson and damage, the police is investigating and the culprits will soon be brought to book.

He said the incident is the first of its kind in the district this year and advised couples to avoid getting physical whenever there is a quarrel especially this festive season when a lot is expected from the male spouses.
Ms Baifa Wanican, the in-charge child protection unit at Nebbi police station said with constant community sensitisation, such incidences have been on the decline because most residents report cases of violence before they get to dangerous levels.

“Most of these cases reported to us we handle them and they always end up well with the couples coming into the agreement and this has helped in reduction of extreme violence leading to death”, she said.

Based on the Uganda Demographic Household Survey data (UDHS), Uganda has a high rate of reported gender-based violence (GBV). The 2011 UDHS indicated that overall prevalence rates by type of violence were 56% for physical violence, 27.7% for sexual violence and 42.9% for spousal emotional violence.