Father throws his two children into lake, commits suicide

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RUKUNGIRI, Uganda

Police in Rubirizi district is investigating circumstances under which one of the residents threw two of his children into the lake, and burnt another, before ending his life.  

The man identified as Hannington Nuwamanya, 32, a resident of Magogo cell in Ryeru sub-county reportedly threw the children in Lake Magogo in the wee hours of Wednesday before setting their family house ablaze. He later committed suicide by drowning in Lake Kigezi in the same area. 

Sources close to the family indicate that the deceased had a disagreement with his wife Allen Nuwamanya, who, after reporting to the local authorities, left with their four-month-old baby and sought refuge at a nearby church. 

Nuwamanya reportedly tried to convince the wife that he was willing to solve the misunderstandings before grabbing the baby from her and locking him in the house. Moments later, he set the house ablaze. The dead children are Trevor Namanya, 4, Felix Niwagaba, 3 and their four-month-old brother.  

Greater Bushenyi regional police spokesperson Martial Tumusiime says that Nuwamanya planned to sell off their family land, a move that was rejected by the other family members.

The Observer

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