Fresh Arrests In Rakai Cannibalism Tale

Police has made fresh arrests in connection to the disappearance and murder of a 21-year-old woman Peace Arinaitwe and her 9 months old baby, in the infamous Rakai cannibalism tale.

Noah Serunjogi, the Regional Police Spokes person
Noah Serunjogi, the Regional Police Spokes person

Two more people were arrested over the weekend bringing the number of suspected cannibals to 14. One of the suspects, Erias Musujja, however committed suicide late last month while in a cell at Masaka Police station.

Those arrested over the weekend are Ismail Ssekyanzi, a brother to the late Musujja and a one Ramka Kaweesi (60).

The matter stems from a wicked incident that occurred at Kangombe village, Kyalulangira Sub County in Rakai District when a mother and her nine months-old baby were butchered by their ‘custodian’. The victims had reportedly travelled to attend a burial in Kyarurangira-Rakai.

It is said that the woman, Peace Arinaitwe and her husband Deus Bandihihi, both residents of Kankamba village in Kisekka Sub-county, Lwengo District failed to travel back to Lwengo before nightfall after attending a burial in Rakai and reportedly searched for accommodation.

John Ssegirinya, the village chairman offered to host them for a night.

According to Bandihihi, Ssegirinya turned against them and hacked his wife Arinaitwe and the baby into pieces with the help of Asaf Tumuhimbisibwe and his wife Jovelet Nuwagaba. Bindihihi escaped with severe injuries and later reported the matter to police leading to the arrests.

Noah Sserunjogi, the Regional Police Spokesperson, has confirmed the latest arrests saying as of now; up to 13 people are in police custody as investigations take shape. most of the suspects are residents of Kyakirugu and Kyakasenene villages in Kyarurangira Sub-county where the network is said to operate.

Serunjogi said that detectives are still combing all possible corners to discover the remains of the slain victims while more people have been implicated in the disturbing case.

Since their arrest three weeks ago, the five prime suspects openly admitted having committed the crime saying they hacked the two victims, ate some meat and distributed the rest to colleagues in their
secret network. They also told detectives that they sell human meat at 200,000 shillings a kilogram.

Taban Khiliga, the District Criminal Investigations Officer says police will leave no stone unturned in the search for justice.

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