A Muslim husband in eastern Uganda killed his wife in the early morning of May 8 after she refused to join him in morning Islamic prayers, confirming his suspicion that she had become a Christian.
The 34-year-old Awali Kakaire had already been suspecting 30-year-old Mariam Nakirya for leaving Islam ever since the local imam asked why his wife and children were no longer seen in mosque prayers or in madrassa (Islamic school).
Kakaire strangled Nakirya to death at 6 a.m., shortly after he awoke, because of her refusal to join him in morning Islamic prayers.
The son also narrated how his father forced him and his four other siblings into a hole their father dug in a nearby garden, two hours after their mother was killed. The children, ages five to 12, resisted and began screaming which caught the neighbors’ attention.
Michael Kirunda, Kakaire’s brother, said that his brother tried to escape as the neighbors started questioning him and only cried out, “My family has no respect for Islam.”
Kakaire escaped, believed to have the backing of Muslims. The children are now distributed between Kirunda and their 80-year-old grandmother who said that the children are traumatized and crying for their mother.
An unnamed Christian evangelist, who made a series of house-to-house visits while Kakaire was away for lengthy business trips, revealed that Nakirya became a Christian in August 2015.