The territorial Police in Mayuge district has in custody, a brother-in-law, identified as Mulidho Muzahamu, a 27 year old, boda boda rider of Mpirabira village/parish, Butakube sub-county, in Mayuge district for the alleged assault, torture of his sister-in-law, Ndibogeza Robinah, aged 21, of the same village, and the abduction of her 3 weeks old baby boy. The vicious assault was captured on video that sparked outrage on social media, with many showing concern for the woman.
The facts gathered indicate that the victim gave birth to a baby boy on the 13.08.2022. After 3 weeks, she got a misunderstanding with her brother in law, who claimed she was mad, and removed her 3-weeks old child from her, on the 28.08.2022 and took possession of the child.
The following day of the 29.08.2022, at around 11am, the victim was going to her husbands’ home to pick her child and the immunisation card. When she reached Buwerere trading center, a quarrel ensued between her and her brother in law, who vowed never to hand over her child. Out of anger, the victim picked a sugar cane and hit her brother-in-law, who aggressively responded and viciously assaulted her. He further attacked the victim, after she had left the scene and seriously assaulted her again.
The video was circulated after four months and was traced backwards to the origin by the police in Busoga East and Mayuge. We are extremely disturbed by these kinds of behaviours, which go against our values. The incident arose from a family abduction of the victim’s child, by her brother-in-law, who deprived her of the custody and visitation rights of her 3 weeks old child.
We would like to advise families to take lawful steps of obtaining custody of their children from court, including visitation rights. The victim and her real husband are living separately and have two children. The elder child stays with the mother and the 4-month old child, is in the custody of the father.
SCP Enanga Fred
12th December 2022