Man sent to jail for attempting to rape fellow resident

By Sania Babirye

A 45 year old resident of Kawala zone 2 in Kampala who was arrested trying rape a fellow resident has been remanded to Kitalya prison on charges of attempted rape.

Moses Kayima a casual laborer appeared before Buganda road chief magistrate court and denied the charge.

He is to return to court on the 8th of December to start trial.

Prosecution states that on 25th of May 2020, at Kawala zone 2 in Rubaga division in Kampala district, the accused attempted to unlawfully to perform a canal knowledge with the victim without her consent.

According to the evidence, Kayima was caught red handed trying to insert his penis in the private parts of the victim who made an alarm for rescue by the residents

MUK university official acquitted of attempted rape

By Sania Babirye

A senior administrative officer from Makerere University has been acquitted of an attempted rape charge against a former student by Buganda road court.

In May 2018, Edward Kisuza who was working in the college of computing and information science as a registrar was remanded to Luzira prison after being charged with attempted rape and indecent assault.

Chief magistrate Miriam Akello has dismissed the attempted rape charge on grounds that prosecution failed to prove the said charge.

However, the court has found guilty Kisuza of indecent assault and ordered him to pay a fine of four million shillings or in default serve two years in Luzira prison.

Edward Kisuza’s troubles stemmed from video that was circulated on social media showing him indecently assaulting a student from his office.

The victim testified in court that on that fateful day, she had gone to pick her transcript after graduating when the convict locked her in his office and started to assault her.

On the 13th of April 2018, kisuze was arrested by police after his victim recorded uploaded a video on social network showing him attempting to have sexual intercourse with her within room 507 at the Makerere Senate building.

Gen Sabiiti demands for a law protecting witnesses in rape and defilement cases

By Robert Segawa

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Major General Sabiiti Muzei has asked all the legal brains to come up and have a law that protects victims and witnesses in cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence where women and girls are raped and defiled respectively .

Major General Sabiiti Muzei says that many of the victims of rape and their witnesses fear to go to courts of law to give conclusive evidence. They say that they are stigmatized while in other cases they simply fear for their lives .

He said during the official opening of a police workshop for CID officers and their spouses from Nsambya and Kibuli which will last. The workshop will be about Gender Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and it was organised organized by Justice Law and Order Sector – JLOS and Sweden today at CID Headquarters Kibuli .

He adds that most of the cases fail due to the cultural reasons. Some victims can barely explain to court how the rape or defilement happened.

General Muzei further says that the Uganda Police force is improving the forensic directorate to see that samples and exhibits are handled well on the part of investigations.

Teacher charged with raping two sisters

By Sania Babirye

A teacher has been charged with two counts of rape and obtaining over 6 million shillings from the sister of the victims after he pretended to be the Director of BABA TV and Radio station in Jinja district and promising to give them jobs.

The suspect is identified as 27 year old Muyinda Moses alias Kawanguzi a resident of Namulesa village in Mafubira trading center in Jinja district.

He has appeared before Jinja court grade one Magistrate Happy Kyomuhangi and pleaded not guilty to offenses including two counts of rape, in trafficking of persons, impersonation and obtaining money by false pretense.

He has been remanded at Kirinya government prison until the 16th of June after state prosecutor Elima Doreen informed court that investigations are still ongoing.

According to the charge sheet, the suspect pretended to be the director of Baba TV and Radio when the victim’s desperate big sister approached him for employment of her two young sisters.

Muyinda is said to have asked for 6,976000 million shillings to secure their employment between the 23rd of March and 13th of April 2020.

The victim’s sister later handed the two women and the the said money to the suspect.

However, the suspect together with others still at large took the two women between the 26th of March and 3rd of April at Mirembe guest house in Mafubira trading center, held them captives and unlawfully had canal knowledge with both of them without their consents.

Court send Congolese national to Luzira over rape

By Sania Babirye

A Congolese refugee living in Uganda has been sentenced to twenty three years in Luzira prison over rape.

Kampala high High Court judge Jane Francis Abodo sentenced 31 year old Mbusa Kamuhinda after she found him guilty of raping the victim whose name has been withheld in August 2017 at Bukoto in Nakawa division Kampala district .

While sentencing him, Justice Jane Francis Abodo ruled that women must be protected from such criminals by giving such convicts custodial long sentences.

She also stated that such rape cases are rampant in her court jurisdiction and there is need for court to hand the convicts deterrent sentences to other would be offenders.

In conclusion Justice Abodo stated that sexual violence against women should not be tolerated and courts of law need to act by keeping away such criminals from their victims and from the country at large .

Man accused of rape sent to Luzira prison

By Sania Babirye

A man who used a knife to rob and after rape a woman has been remanded to Luzira prison.

The suspect has been identified as Sentongo Ramathan.

He was arraigned before Kampala high court judge Yasin Nyanzi and he denied the offense of rape and aggravated robbery.

He has now further been remanded to Luzira prison until 26th of this month for trial to commence.

Prosecution states that in the month of January 2015, at Wandegeya Katanga zone in Kampala district, Sentongo Ramathan and others still at large robbed the victim names disclosed 4,500,000 Ugandan shillings before raping her on Knife point.

Man charged with rape

By Sania Babirye

A 27 year old thief who broke into a house and raped a mother in the presence of her two year old baby girl in 2016 has been charged with rape and aggravated robbery.

Kampala high court judge Mukwaya Olive has charged luzinda paul but he however denied the charges.

He has been further remanded to Luzira prison until 29th of July when hearing of his case is expected to commence.

According to evidence before court, on the 20th of December 2016, the suspect broke into the house of the victim at Jinja Kaloli in Kawempe division, raped her and later robbed her of two million Uganda shillings.

Hr allegedly used a deadly weapon (Panga) to threaten to cause her harm incase she resisted.

46 year old charged with rape

By Sania Babirye

An insurance officer has been charged with rape and remanded to Luzira prison.

The suspect has been identified as 46 year old Kigonya Fred a resident of Seguku.

He has been charged by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza who bared him from taking plea to the charge because he is charged by a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the high court.

He has now been remanded to Luzira prison until the 10th of June for mention of his case.

Prosecution states that on the 13th of January 2019 at Sir Apollo Kagwa road in Kampala, Kigonya Fred had sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent.

Father who raped his biological daughter blames it on spiteful ex

By Sania Babirye

A father who is accused of defiling multiple times his biological daughter, impregnating her and later having the pregnancy aborted has told court that the charges are trumped up charges brought against him by the girl’s mother because he ended their relationship

On the 26th of February 2019, High court judge Tony Vicent Okwanga charged and remanded Ssekikubo Godfrey a bodaboda rider and a resident of Kirombe Zone in Nsambya Makindye division in Kampala district to Luzira prison.

This is after he pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated defilement.

However, while beginning his defense today, sekikubo told court that he has never had sex with the then 16 year daughter or impregnated her or later caused her abortion as alleged by state.

Sekikubo has testified that her daughter was manipulated by his former lover because he chased her from his home after he found out that her former husband allegedly died after suffering from HIV in 2013.

Sekikubo told court that he had four women including the accused’s mother but all left him at different intervals and left him in care of his three children who are two girls and one boy and that he loved all his children dearly.

He also accused a child protection officer who reported the case to have helped the mother and daughter to bring up false allegations against him.

However, when the victim testified in the court chambers, he pinned her biological father of sexually assaulting her from February 2016 to may until she goy fed up and reported to one of the neighbors.

The police file was opened by a one Nabirye Susan from the Makindye child protection committee after the said neighbor reported the incident to her.

And while testifying, Nabirye had informed court that the child had revealed to them that she had gotten pregnant in the process and her father later took her to a clinic were she had the abortion from.

Sekikubi informed court that Nabirye had asked him for 500,000 as fee for medical examination on both him and the daughter but he had not known her until that day when he was arrested and taken to police.

But, the judge has wondered how Nabirye who had only known Sekikubo for one day could collaborate with his wife to accuse him of defiling his own daughter.

The daughter is said to have revealed the secret after the neighbor asked her why she was looking so bad and so weak.

It is then that the daughter revealed that she had just had an abortion two days ago.

And that when Sekikubo learnt about the police case file he went into hiding for two days before he was arrested and charged.

The girl who was taking care of her two siblings at home had stopped going to school on her own plea claiming that she was too embraced to be in primary and wanted to learn braiding hair.

And as a result her father had promised to find money and take her to beauty school but instead started sexually assaulting her.

Prosecutions states that in the month of April 2016 in Kilombe zone the suspect had canal knowledge with a 15 year old girl well knowing that he was the biological father

Court drops rape charges against Makerere Don

By Sania Babirye

The Director of public prosecutions has dropped rape charges against Makerere University lecturer prof Christopher Bakunetta in which a 22 year old student had accused him of.

The case had come up for hearing before Kampala high court judge Jane Frances Abodo, prosecution presented a letter showing that the DPP had decided to stop any criminal proceedings against prof.Bakunetta without any reason.

The female student had accused prof. Bakunetta a professor of zoology at Makerere University of having carnal knowledge with her without her consent on the 29th of March 2016 , a charge the professor denied.

Prosecution had stated that the victim was a first year student at the University and was renting on Bakunetta’s garage with in the Makerere University premises .

Bakunetta who is out on bail was among the 50 sexual offenders to be handled in a special session at the High court that had been set up to dispose -off cases of sexual and Gender based violence.