Edward Abua, a police officer, has allegedly set a house in Entebbe ablaze, killing his mother identified as Margaret Nyakuni in the process.
The house on Plot 18, Bugonga Road in Entebbe municipality had three occupants at the time of the incident namely Nyakuni, a house girl and her child.
The house girl and the child aged one year and seven months survived.
Nyakuni was a former principal of Arua School of Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery.
According to neighbours, the fire started at 1 am and the police fire brigade arrived around 3am and put off the fire after 5 am.
The police were however unable to save Nyakuni because she could have died due to suffocation.
A house girl however survived the fire with her child after jumping through her bedroom window and recorded a statement with police officers.
Abua has been arrested and is detained at Entebbe Police Station while Nyakuni’s body has been taken to the City Mortuary at Mulago Hospital.
“Everything got burnt except a car which was packed inside the garage which was not affected,” a neighbour said.
Another neighbour, wailing after seeing the house in smoke and receiving the news of Nyakuni’s demise shouted, “How could her own son who is a police officer and lawyer do such a horrible thing!”
Francis Makumbi, a resident of Bugonga and also Headteacher Lake Side Primary School says Nyakuni has been a great citizen who was raising two of her grandchildren who belonged to her deceased daughter.
One of her grandsons attends Lake Side Primary School while the other child is in secondary school.
Maracha East MP, Ruth Lematia, Nyakuni’s immediate neighbour says she heard the housemaid shouting “help help” around 1am.
Lomatia said she knows Abua. She however does not know whether or not he had any wrangles with his mother.
Lematia said Nyakuni had three children including Abua, with the late Jirus Nyakuni.