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Man suspected of poisoning own children

Police in Iganga district are holding a father accused of poisoning his two children. The suspect is 40-year-old David Batwaula, a resident of Kasozi village in Makutu Sub County in Iganga district. Batwaula was picked up on Sunday in connection with the death of his two children, 9-year-old Bosco Batwaula and 14-year-old Dorothy Batwaula.

Sofia Nabusi Nalongo, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department at Iganga Central Police Station, says the lifeless bodies of the children were found lying on a mat by other children who had gone to play with them. She says the children have been staying with their father since he broke up with their mother.

Nabusi says the bodies have been handed over to Iganga hospital for postmortem, adding that the suspect will be charged accordingly. Adam Dilese, the LC1 chairperson Kasozi village, says Batwaula has been mistreating the children.

“Sometimes he could even starve them,” Dilese said.  He however, says the suspect had changed his behavior when a team of children affairs officials and International Federation of Women Lawyers-FIDA Uganda led by Mwosi Mugabi intervened.