23 women in Uganda have been mysteriously murdered since May
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Government officials and police in Uganda are searching for answers after the body of a woman was discovered at a banana farm near Kampala.
22-year-old Sarah Nelima is the 23rd woman to die mysteriously in the country's Wakiso district since May, according to The East African. Ugandans on social media have become irate at the lack of answers about why this is occurring. It has sparked the hashtag #notanotherwoman.
The Daily Monitor, a newspaper in Uganda, reports many of women were murdered in a similar way. They're raped, strangled and then have sticks placed inside of their private parts or body parts cut off.
Emilian Kayima, a spokesperson for the Kampala Metropolitan Police, tells AfricaNews that witchcraft is possibly being looked at as a motive for the killings.
“We have not concluded on our search but the criminals who are doing this and their motives and their accomplices in this criminality – possibilities of human sacrifice and witchcraft cannot be ruled out but they are just there – possibilities,” Kayima said.
Police arrested 30 suspects last month and charged 13 of the arrestees with "murder and terrorism" but that still has not stopped the murders from occuring.
National police spokesman Asan Kasingye told AFP that widespread fears of a serial killer were not true. Kasingye says that "an organized criminal gang with strong links to ritual muders" is the culprit.
Activists in the country are asking for a national day of rememberance. They're also pleading with the government to ensure that they support families that are affected, according to The Daily Monitor.