Minor beheaded in Kaazo

BY Robert Segawa

Police is looking for a casual laborer who allegedly beheaded a seven year old male Juvenile at Kashonji village in Kiruhura district.

Addressing the media at Central police station Kampala, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga identified the deceased as Ephraim Muzahura who was last seen moving with a casual laborer identified as Jonathan Magala in the area’s of Kaazo and Kiruhura district.

Police got information that the beheaded body of Ephraim Muzahura was recovered in areas of Kaazo by residents and it is suspected that Jonathan Magala went away with the head to unknown place, his motives have are still unknown.

He has appealed to members of public in area’s of Kaazo and Kiruhura to help find the suspect and reveal where he put the head of deceased.

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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Police saves 13 year old girl from being married off

Police in Moroto have rescued a 13-year-old girl from being married off to an elderly man in Loyarikarimoe village in Nakadeli parish in Rupa Sub County.

13-year-old Angelina Keem was scheduled to be married off by her family to an unidentified 62-year-old man, in a traditional marriage on Thursday.

However, Police stormed the marriage ceremony in time, and rescued the minor. Keem told URN that her brother approached her in a restaurant where she was working in Moroto town on Monday and duped her that their mother had died.

As a result, Keem packed her belongings and rushed home to catch up with the burial. According to Keem, when she arrived home, she was instructed by her family to accept her suitor who had been waiting in her parent’s hut.

So far 11 people including Keem’s father, Lokut Kwadomo and his son Lochap Lokul are in custody at Moroto Central Police station.

Richard Aruk Maruk, the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Commander says by the time Police arrived at the scene, the girl’s parents were about to receive 20 cows.

Jimmy Lomokol, the In-charge of the Private Sector in Karamoja urges parents to send their children to school instead of marrying them off at a young age.

Uganda ranks 15 among the countries in the world with the worst cases of child marriages.

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