Police experts are scrutinizing details of the video from a spy camera showing a maid torturing a baby in Naalya, a Kampala suburb.
The video showing Jolly Tumuhirwe pounding the baby has since touched off a huge public outcry, with many calling for a speedy trial for the suspect on charges of attempted murder.
Reports that the baby had passed on were later dismissed as untrue by family members.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said Police have received “very many telephone calls and messages from people expressing anger, others finding out whether, we have done something on the alleged torture of baby bythe maid.”
He explained that the “case was registered at Kiira Road Police station, investigated and the suspect a one Jolly Tumuhirwe aged 22 years was arrested and arraigned in Nakawa court on November 20, 2014, under the Anti-Torture Act, Section 3, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.”
Onyango added: “However, we are going to amend the charge with the consent of the DPP to Attempted Murder.”
Tumuhirwe was remanded to Luzira Prison till December 8 when she will appear in court again. Source: Michael Ntezza
Udated and More information about the family and the incident:
UGANDA – Following reports that the two-year old baby seen in a video being tortured by a maid has passed on, we went down to work. And our investigations led us to the identity of the maid, her victim and her master.
Kamanzi (L) and his kids. Right is the tortured baby
The two year-old is seen terribly tortured by a maid we have ably identified as Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, a born of Rukungiri District. We have also identified the toddler’s father as Erick Kamanzi, a loaded staff at a reputable NGO in Kampala who released the video yesterday mid-morning.
The video captured by interior security cameras early last week at Kamanziâ’s home of Naalya, reveals a breath-taking story where Tumuhiirwe is trying to feed the baby. The baby, whom we have established was sick at the time, exhibits difficulty in coping with the rough and speedy rate at which Tumuhiirwe fed her.
Tumuhiirwe then turns to the porridge and started eating it. But the tot could not contain the stuffed food down her throat. She threw up dreadfully. This invited Tumuhiirwe’s wrath. She landed a hot slap on the kid before throwing her off the sofa, her face kissing the floor. She remained there for a few seconds before Tumuhiirwe followed.
Using a rechargeable torch, she clobbered her severely. Not done, she started kicking her and stepping on her back in turns. She finally gave her the last kick which sent her silent and unable to move. Tumuhiirwe then picked the baby like by one hand and vanished in the next room.
According to family sources, Kamanzi last week came home and found some bruises on the baby’s hind. He did not ask what happened but he hastily went to review the cameras which, he had taken long to monitor. This was last Saturday November 15th 2014.
What he saw is what we have relayed above and uploaded on the video herein. Raged to the marrow, Kamanzi bounced on Tumuhiirwe and clobbered her to pulp. Done with it, he turned to tend to the baby as Tumuhiirwe ran to police where, she reported an assault case against her Master Kamanzi.
The Kiwatule police swung into action, raided Kamanziâ’s home anRaged to the marrow, Kamanzi bounced on Tumuhiirwe and clobbered her to pulp. Done with it, he turned to tend to the baby as Tumuhiirwe ran to police where, she reported an assault case against her Master Kamanzi.d arrested him. He promptly confessed to the charge before he was dragged to cells. After cooling down, Kamanzi asked the Cops to look at what made him clobber the maid. A mere look at the video changed the copsstance and released Kamanzi. Â
Speaking to the investigator today, police chief spokesman CP Fred Enanga confirmed that Tumuhiirweâ’s case had been taken over by the events. Reading the file number as CRB 1346/14 of Kiira Road, Enanga said Tumuhiirwe was yesterday charged under Anti-torture Act at Nakawa Court.
But Enanga hastily adds that police are contemplating on revising the charge and upgrade it to attempted murder. He said the Tumuhiirwe will re-appear in Court on December 8th 2014. Efforts to get hints on the baby’s mother were futile as family sources maintained silence on the question.