Man held over burning wife's belongings

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Man held over burning wife's belongings
Michael Katende allegedly dug a hole in his mother-in-law's house and burnt her wife Nakuya's belongings | Zainab Ssengendo

Police in Kalungu have arrested a man accused of setting his wife's belongings on fire and causing significant damage to his mother-in-law's home.

The incident happened in Kabaale Bugonzi Village in Bukulula Subcounty following a domestic dispute that escalated dramatically.

According to authorities, Micheal Katende dug a hole in his mother-in-law's house and set his wife's possessions ablaze, inadvertently destroying their friend's belongings and her wheelchair she was traveling in.

This incident was reported in Nile Post on May 12.

The altercation began when Catherine Nakuya, the suspect's wife, packed up and moved back to her mother Matilda Namulema'shome after a disagreement over the neglect of their children.

Katende allegedly continued to harass Nakuya and her mother, including hurling insults and making threatening gestures.

Kalungu Police Station's Officer, who preferred to remain anonymous because they are not authorised to speak to the media, said confirmed the incident.

"The disagreement started when Nakuya asked Katende to find a new home with proper facilities (Latrine) after failing to climb the one they had to use since Nakuya is disabled, which he refused," the officer said.

Katende has denied the allegations of damaging his wife Nakuya’s properties, claiming instead that the situation has been misrepresented.

"I did not go and dig a hole in my mother-in-law's house. They are lying," he said.

Village chairman Joseph Lukwago said the couple needs counselling and rehabilitation to resolve their issues and properly raise their children together.

"They have not received any assistance from the police," he said.

Masaka Police spokesperson Twaha Kasirye confirmed the arrest of Katende.

"We are still investigating the matter, and he will be brought to court to face charges," he said.

The local community hopes for a swift resolution to the matter to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, especially the children.

Katende and Nakuya have two children together.

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