Jolly Tumuhiirwe, the 22-year-old househelp who brutally assaulted 18-month old Arnella Kamanzi, has spoken out for the first time about what led to her actions. Not like there could be any justification for what she did.
However, she is bringing her plight to the media and asking for forgiveness, saying she was under pressure and the frustration affected her work and treatment of the child.
The househelp is currently in prison, after being remanded under the child torture act, and when she comes back to court on Dec 8, she will be facing attempted murder charges.
Jolly Tumuhiirwe told Ugandaonline;
“My dad in Kabale was very sick and my mom did not have any money. I asked my bosses for some money to send to my dad but they told me that I hadn’t made a month yet and my father was dying, so it kept on haunting me. That is the more reason I referred the anger to the baby but I’m sorry.
"But that madam (Arnella’s mom) is not easy. She used to say that I steal money from the clothes and Eric’s wallet, I eat the babies food…and yet I can’t eat the food, I’m not a baby, those were all lies, so, I was also not happy from my heart.”
“I feel guilty..ok when I was doing it I thought I was disciplining the baby because also the mother sometimes slaps her, I also saw from the mom. The torch I used was small and it’s not hard. I think, I will never do it again”
“It’s not good at all even my fellow prisoners don’t want to associate with me, they want to beat me up. In fact they were saying that I should join them in their rooms, nobody likes me and I’m feeling bad I will never do it again, I ask the world to forgive me and also tell the bosses who have maids to treat them well.”