Missing children found dead, burnt
By Beldina Nyakeke,The Citizen Correspondent
- Before their deaths the children were reported lost last Saturday when they went to graze their goats and did not come back home in the evening
- VILLAGERS REACT TO THE KILLINGS: Residents saythey now fear for their children’s lives since they might be killed or get lost in mysterious circumstances whereby they asked responsible authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to identify those who were involved in the incident. Mr Jomo Kananda called on the responsible authorities to conduct a manhunt and take immediate measures to arrest the killers to help identify the motive behind the killings.
Before their deaths the children were reported lost last Saturday when they went to graze their goats and did not come back home in the evening.
Speaking to The Citizen at the Musoma Central Police Station the father of the children, Mr Samson Nyaganya, named the deceased as Emmanuel Samson, 7, and Happy Samson, 8. The father explained that on Saturday his children left home at noon as usual to graze their goats and did not come back home in the evening. Instead, the goats came back home without their shepherds.
He said that the situation created fear among the family members who went on the search for the children without success, before reporting the matter the following day to the village leaders.
“I went to report the incident to Kyagangala street government officials, where the authority also informed the community about what had happened. We started searching for my kids for more that two days without success,” he explained amid tears.
He narrated that the authority in collaboration with the family and community members started searching for the missing children before they found their bodies lying near a pond at a rice field.
He added that the bodies of the deceased were found yesterday around 8.30 am after a long search. Police were investigating the matter, with several people said to have been interrogated.
Mr Nyaganya also added that the bodies of the youngsters were found with wounds on their private parts, a situation that showed that the killers left with some portions of their body parts. He said that the search party found the children’s clothes and slippers beside their bodies.
The distraught father said that though the bodies were found near the pond it seemed that the youngsters were killed before their bodies were taken to the scene since the pond could not be used for swimmin because it was too small. Speaking to The Citizen, some residents of Kwangwa area said the incident has created fear amongst them with many of them not knowing the motive behind the killings.
They said that they now fear of their children’s lives since they might be killed or got lost in undefined circumstance whereby they asked responsible authorities to conduct a thorough investigation so that they can identify those who involve in the incident.
Mr Jomo Kananda said that it was better for the responsible authorities to conduct a mana hunt hence took immediate measures so that to arrest the killers the situation that will help to identify the motive behind the killings.