Justine Aisha Kyomugisha died of her injuries at Mulago hospital late last month, after her husband of eight years, Imran Kaliisa poured acid on her. She left behind a seven-year-old daughter. He has been on the run since then until his arrest four months after the heinous act.
According to The Kampala Sun, on the night of January 7, 2016, a domestic quarrel descended into horror when 27-year-old Kaliisa doused his wife, a Container Village-based second hand shoe trader, with acid.
The couple shared a home in Mankindye, Barracks Zone for eight years. Kyomugisha’s relatives say the couple had been having a long standing feud but they remained supportive nonetheless. However, things took a bad turn when Kaliisa started working in Rwanda six years ago and left his wife.
At times he would return and spend just a day and go back, sometimes leaving her with nothing,” they say.
Her family came to her rescue and helped to set up a second hand shoe business in Coontainer Village so she could take care of herself. To Kaliisa, this was the start of the troubles. He tried to dissuade her from working and urged her to hire an attendant.
Meantime a determined Kyomugisha worked hard and grew her business, expanding to Park Yard and St. Balikuddembe market.
Kaliisa reportedly got tipped off by friends that his wife had another man thus his decision to return to Kampala to monitor her. He started working in Kikuubo last December.
Kaliisa put strict conditions for his wife among which was never to return home late.
He told the police at Katwe that he always grilled his wife about the numerous phone calls she received at awkward hours of the night, strongly suspecting they were from lovers.
She always told him they were only business colleagues. Bothered by the trend, Kaliisa started rummaging threw her belongings to find ‘evidence’ of infidelity. It was during one of such ‘fishing expeditions’ that he saw an HIV status card showing she was positive. All hell broke loose.
Kaliisa says when he confronted his wife she denied having knowledge of what he was alleging. Out of anger he resolved to punish her in a manner she would never forget, and set about his evil plan that he executed on the fateful night.