Police arrest 33-year-old man for allegedly setting wife, 5-year-old son on fire after murdering them

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A 33-year-old man identified as Muhammad Meddie Magezi has been arrested by the police in Uganda in connection with the death of his wife and their 5-year-old son in a house fire Uganda.

The Police in Uganda revealed that investigations have shown that fire that claimed the life of his wife, Bushirah Zaina Baguwemu, 33, and her son Muhammad Magezi Junior, at their apartment in Masaka City was sparked by Magezi after a bitter argument with his late wife.

According to Mr Muhammad Nsubuga, the southern region police spokesperson, the mother and son died on March 20, 2021 after fire broke out in their rented apartment on a four-storied building located along Herbert Street, Bata Cell in Masaka City.

Nsubuga said; “We have received intelligence information that the couple had misunderstandings for a long time prior to the weekend fire incident. We have arrested the husband on charges of murder and his file has been taken to the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal guidance before he is arraigned in court,” Mr Nsubuga said on Thursday.

Neighbors said Baguwemu returned last December from Saudi Arabia where she was working and that she had just joined the husband in their rented apartment.

“The catalyst for this alleged murder was the wife’s discovery that the husband had an affair with his daughter-in-law at the time she was on Kyeyo in Saudi Arabia. The [couple] used to fight at night and it is unfortunate that such a disagreement ended the life of the wife and son,” one of the neighbours who asked not to be named in this story told reporters.

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