By Phoebe Mutetsi
The funeral service of Khan Kakama Karekaho, the one-and half-year-old boy who was kidnapped and later murdered, was held yesterday at All Saints Cathedral.
The First Lady, Ms Janet Museveni, her daughters and son attended the 10am service in the fully-packed cathedral.
Ms Museveni, spoke strongly against a Uganda that is degenerating into a country of inhumanity and insensitivity. “The person who woke that child from sleep and walked him out of his parents’ home and handed him over to be killed, is a Ugandan. That person is a woman. It is unexplainable. I do not care what the reasons were, if there be any, for kidnapping and killing this child, those people must be brought to justice.”
According to Dr Moses Byaruhanga, a pathologist and senior superintendent of the Uganda Police, preliminary reports show that the child was suffocated with a polythene – which was still wrapped around his head at the time the body was discovered in Kisenyi II Zone in Kampala.
The actual cause of death could not be confirmed yet because, according to Dr. Byaruhanga, the child’s tissue was decomposed. “From the level of decomposition of the body, we suspect that the child was killed on the day he was kidnapped. It could have been at night or earlier but we strongly suspected the child was killed on June 8.”
Kakama’s mother, Ms Naome Karekaho, said despite what forensic pathologists might say, she felt her son died on Thursday, June 10.
“On Thursday I started to get all sorts of odd feelings within me. And I felt a huge sense of separation from my son. I felt then that he was dead. But I did not tell anyone of my feelings. Because I did not want to demoralise them. I held on and we kept the search as if nothing had changed.”
In a tear-jerking plea, Ms Karekaho urged the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, to ask those who killed Kakama what exactly their motive was. “I would like to see the man who killed my son. I would like to know why,” she cried.
Gen. Kayihura, who also attended the funeral service, said it was not a case of child sacrifice. “The body was intact. There wasn’t a body part missing, as some sections of the media have reported,” he said.
“For 13 days we worked tirelessly to bring Kakama back home. Safely. We have the suspected killers in custody.” Gen. Kayihura also said members of the public ought to take responsibility and police their own communities.
“Godwin Tumusime- the kidnapper and the boy’s suspected killer- was a known criminal in Bugolobi where he worked. But no one had taken it upon themselves to report him to the police. We need to start now and become our brother’s keepers.” Kakama will be buried today at the family home in Kagunga, Rukungiri at noon.