Daughter pins own father for defiling her

BY Sania Babirye
A then nine year old girl has narrated how her own father continuously sexually assaulted her in their one roomed rented House they were staying in alone.

45 year old Rwentalo Frank is being tried of aggravated defilement of his own daughter that he was only staying with following the death of her mother after she was born.

The incident happened in 2016 at Nabweru Love a zone in Kawempe division.

The suspect was arrested on the 8th of July 2016 after the child eventually confided in a female neighbor who reported the incident to the area defense chairman who also reported the said crime to the Nabweru police station leading to his arrest.

Today detective Shemereire Lydia informed high court judge Flavia Angelin Seeing that she was responsible of taking the statement from both the child and her father but her father denied ever sexually assaulting his own daughter.

However, she informed court that the victim confided in her that her father was having sex with her every night and that she had pain in her private parts.

She also informed court that medical examination done on her proved that the miner had been sexually assaulted although his father denied the said charge.

The police detective further informed court that the victim also claimed that he further threatened to cut off her legs and hands of she reported the matter to anyone.

Police officer remanded for redefiling a victim

By Sania Babirye
A police officer attached to Mawanda road police station has been charged and sent on remand at Luzira government prison for defiling a defilement victim while in police custody.

The suspect is identified as 29 year old PC Samuel Okot.

He has been arraigned before city hall court grade one magistrate at City Hall Valerian Tuhimbise who did not allow him to say anything because he is charged with a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the High court.

He has now been remanded to Luzira prison until the 20th of June 2019 as investigations into the case continues.

Prosecution states that on the 25th of May 2019 at Mawanda road police station in Kampala district, police constable Okot performed a sexual act with a 16year old girl while she was a victim of defilement held under the police custody.

14 year old is accused of defiling a 4 year old child

By Sania Babirye
A 14 year old boy has been remanded to Naguru remand home on charges of aggravated defilement of a four year old girl.

The juvenile whose name has been withheld because he is a minor has been a pupil at St.Paul Primary school Kanyunyuzi appeared before City hall court grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza.

He was however denied to take any plea since he is charged by a capital offense that is tried and bailed by the high court.

This offense attracts a maximum sentence of death penalty upon conviction.

Prosecution states that between January 2019 and April 15th of this year at Kyebando Central zone Kawempe division in Kampala district, the Juvenile performed sexual act with a 4year neighbor’s kid.

He has now been remanded until the 29th of this month as investigations into the case continues.

Teacher sent to jail for defiling a student

By Sania Babirye

A male secondary teacher has been remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly defiling a 15 year female student.

The suspect is identified as Patrick Kyasanku a secondary teacher at Busukuma Secondary school in Wakiso district.

He appeared before Kampala High court judge Flavia Agelin Senoga who charged him with aggravated defilement.

He however pleaded not guilty and was remanded until the 15th of May when hearing of his case is expected to begin.

Prosecution led by Annet Namatovu states that between the months of April and May 2016 at Kiwenda -Busukuma in Wakiso district, Kyasanku defiled a 15 year old girl who was one of his students.

Police officer held for defiling minor

By Robert Segawa

Police in Bombo is investigating the circumstances under which a police officer defiled 15 year old pupil.

Police constable Mpima Charles 49 year old attached to Nyimbwa police post defiled primary five pupil of St Tereza Nandere  boys primary school.

It alleges that the victim threatened the mother of the victim  a one Nakitende Magret to commit suicide if she disclosed her affairs, so the mother decided to report her to the area police of Nyimbwa where she was detained and in that course, the accused was defiled by the above officer while in police custody that night.

Kangave Paul the Savannah region police spokesperson  says after the suspect get to know that is being investigated the suspect fled and now also being charged with Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).

Men accused of defilement released

By Sania Babirye

A group of men who have been in remand at  Luzira prison since 2014 for allegedly defiling girls between the ages of two and three have been set free.

This is after prosecution informed Kampala high court judge Jane Francis Abodo that the Director of Public Prosecutions no longer has any standing charges against the suspects due to Lack of evidence.
Prosecution has explained that some victim’s families  have no interest in the cases while others can not be traced after shifting to other unknown places.
The suspects led by a one Ismail Lutalo ate said to have committed the offenses in the districts of  Kampala and Wakiso.
Failure by families to have child defilers prosecuted and punished  is one of the leading causes of child defilement in Uganda coupled by the weak laws and punishments given to the perpetrators and amicable settlements between the suspect’s and the victim’s families.
Eastern region continues to be the leading region with the highest cases of child defilement and domestic violence.

Gulu doctor in summoned to court over unclear defilement report

The high court in Gulu has ordered the arrest of Dr. Morris Ocitti, a health worker at Mewa clinic in Gulu Town for contempt of court.

Dr. Ocitti is wanted to testify against a suspect arrested for aggravated defilement. However, on two separate occasions Dr. Ocitti has turned down summons to appear in court.

Now, court in Gulu wants him forcefully arrested to explain his medical findings after contradicting himself in his report. It is alleged that Dr. Ocitti indicated on January 12th that Kennedy Ocen, the suspect, was a minor with a set of 32 teeth. Ocen is accused of defiling a 13-year-old minor in 2013.

Henry Twinomuhwezi, Gulu assistant registrar says court cannot rely on Dr. Ocitti’s report to subject Kennedy Ocen to juvenile court since there is no minor with 32 teeth.

The warrant dated October 25th requires police to produce Dr. Ocitti before court on today.

James Asubu, the officer in-charge of criminal investigations at Gulu central police station says Police is ready to execute the warrant.

It is the second time Dr. Ocitti is coming under the spotlight. In September, he was released on bond after being arrested for alleged theft of 500 doses of Hepatitis B vaccines, embezzlement of shillings 4.9 million shillings and abuse of office.

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MPs grill Luweero police over primary pupil’s abortion case

Members of Parliament have grilled officers at Luweero Central Police Station for what they called failure to arrest a clinical officer alleged to have administered an abortion on an underage girl.

The girl, who is a primary seven pupil at St. Joseph Bukomba Primary School, is admitted at Luweero Health Centre IV where she is being treated for post-abortion sepsis.The girl was allegedly defiled by her school head teacher James Ssekito and classroom teacher Ambrose Okwi who later sponsored her abortion but it didn’t go well.

On Thursday evening five female legislators under the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association – UWOPA – visited Luweero Central Police Station and put police officers to task to explain why they had not arrested both the clinical officer Francis Ekeu and the suspected defilers.

The legislators were Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding, who is the chairperson of UWOPA, Pamela Kamugo Nasiyo the MP for Budaka, Mariam Naigaga for Namutumba, Justine Khainza for Bududa and Lilian Nakate, the Luweero Woman MP.

Amos Obina, the Luweero Deputy Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department boss, told the MPs that Police had no knowledge of the health worker who administered abortion but they arrested James Ssekito the school head teacher and were hunting for Ambrose Okwi.

The MPs, however, faulted Obina for what they called mismanaging the case and failing to arrest the clinical officer.  They tasked Obina to present Ssekito to confirm whether he doesn’t know the clinical officer who administered the abortion.

When he appeared before MPs, Ssekito confessed that the abortion procedure was indeed done by Francis Ekeu attached at Luweero Health Centre IV and that he knew him.

Ssekito had by this time been detained for over 24 hours.

MP Lilian Nakate wondered what information police wanted to arrest Ekeu for interrogation and accused Obina of neglect of duty. Nakate adds that leaving key suspects at large for a long time gives them a chance to jeopardise investigations and compromising parents of the victims.

UWOPA chairperson Monica Amoding said she was suspicious police in Luweero could have taken bribes to let the clinical officer and teacher escape without arrest. Amoding vowed to present the case on the floor of parliament and to petition the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to intervene.

The 16-year-old pupil pinned Ssekito and Okwi for jointly defiling her, aiding her abortion and asked MPs to ensure they are penalised.

Later Dr. Joseph Okware, the District Health Officer said Francis Ekeu had escaped but promised to cooperate with police to bring him to book.

Abortion is illegal in Uganda and Section 141 of the Penal Code Act provides for 14 years imprisonment if found guilty of procuring abortion.

A 2013 report issued by the Centre for Reproductive Health Uganda indicates that 800 illegal abortions are carried out in Uganda each day.

According to the Ministry of Health, 1,500 women of child-bearing age die every year due to abortion-related complications.  The ministry spends up to 38 billion shillings annually on post-abortion care.

Last year, the ministry released guidelines detailing circumstances under which medical workers can perform abortions in hospitals, in a move to save women who get complications while carrying out illegal abortions.

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