Police officers in Mbale, southeastern Uganda, are investigating an incident where a primary school head girl was murdered.
Aisha Ganisha, a Primary Six pupil at Namakwekwe Primary school, was allegedly strangled to death by unknown people, before she was hang on a tree in Kinyoli cell area on Wednesday.
Area ward chairperson George William Wagwale told the police that the body of the deceased was discovered by passersby.
Witnesses’ accounts indicate that the deceased was strangled before being hung on a tree to disguise the murder as a suicide case.
School head girl death disguised as suicide
Police were first treating the case as a suicide one but that changed to murder soon after the autopsy report conducted on the girl’s body revealed she was strangled to death.
“We have opened up a General Inquiry File (GIF) to investigate circumstances under which the deceased was killed and the motive behind her murder. We need to arrest the suspects behind this so that they can face the law,” Elgon Region police say.
“Our preliminary forensic investigations indicate that the deceased was pregnant for one month. We also found that the deceased was strangled and later hanged on the tree,” Dr Bernabus Rubanza, a police surgeon revealed.
From the revelation, security officials said that the person behind the girl’s pregnancy could be the main suspect in her death.
The school’s deputy headteacher, Andrew Sanya, said that the teachers and students were utterly shocked when they heard a pupil was found hanging from a tree on Wednesday afternoon. The girl was reportedly donning what looked like the school’s uniform.
“They told us there is a pupil dressed in our school uniform who is hanging on the tree. Teachers rushed to the scene and identified the deceased as one of our pupils,” says Sanya.
The deceased, according to Sanya, was hardworking, disciplined, and jolly, traits that qualified her to lead her fellow pupils.
One of her friends from Primary Five attested that she had last seen the decased on Saturday evening.
“We were supposed to go and visit our friend in Mission cell on that day but I was given domestic work at home by my parents so I didn’t join her,” the pupil said.