BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
MARACHA: FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2021
There is shock in Ambidro village in Aroi parish, Alikua sub-county in Maracha district following an incident where Gertrude Asianzu, 20, is accused of dumping her one and a-half-year old son in river Enyau and blamed it on evil spirits.
Residents said that on Wednesday at about 3:00 pm, Asianzu was washing dirt clothes behind Balido Bridge when she began crying and making alarm.
When people responded to the alarm, the woman pointed to a spot nine metres away from the river shore where she said she was washing from while she strapped the baby on her back.
She then claimed that invisible spirits pulled the baby off her back as she crouched over the bowel to slosh clothes.
Nobody who listened to Asianzu, which means peace in Lugbara, has believed her narrative, especially so, her 22-year-old spouse Stephen Drani who accused his wife of telling lies to cover a misdeed.
“I am the one who has been caring for the deceased child although I am not the father. My wife did not love that boy because she claimed she had conceived him after being raped,” he said.
His 67-year-old father, Jeremiah Alia, also believed that the jilted woman intentionally threw the innocent baby into the flooded river and expressed worry that such actions may bring curse into his family.
When Jino Apeti, Asianzu’s partenal uncle from Adripi clan in Aii-vu sub-county in the neighboring Terego district, arrived at the scnene accompanied by three relatives, he felt outraged by the incident.
“We wanted this child to reach seven years before separating him with the mother. This loss of live is totally unfortunate,” he sobbed.
Apeti acknowledged that Asianzu is a traumatized woman due to the alleged rape by one Droti in 2019 that led to the pregnancy.
He recalled that at the time of her rape both Asianzu and Droti were staying in Logiri sub-county, Arua district. The incident was never reported to police with the clansmen unsuccessfully trying to settle it at home by demanding cows and goats that were never given.
Apeti said after the failed attempt to settle the matter, Droti fled to their ancestral home near Okokoro trading centre in Kijomoro sub-county, Maracha district where his relatives have been shielding him.
At 2:00 pm on Thursday, after searching for the body in vain, Ben Drici, the LC2 chairman of Aroi parish handed Asianzu over to the sub-county authorities for further management.