Lira Grade One Magistrate court sitting in Lira has remanded
a suspect who impersonated military personnel to Lira Government prison over aggravated defilement and child trafficking charges.
Steven Aine Mugisha, a resident of Tesobar Village, Lira
City West Division was re-arrested Tuesday last week after he was released on
Monday night under unclear circumstances.
The suspect has been charged with aggravated defilement
under Cap.129 and section 3 and 4(c) of the penal Code Act and trafficking of
children under Cap. 3 section 1a and 5a of the prevention of trafficking in
He appeared before Her worship Pamela Nanyanzi, the Lira
Grade One magistrate who immediately remanded him until 30th August
when he will appear before the same court for mention.
Prosecution alleges that between 2016 and 2022, Mugisha recruited,
harbored, received, maintained and transported the now 17-year-old girl by
means of deception or position of vulnerability for the purpose of sexual
Rashida Adong Oketcha, a human right’s activist is happy
that justice is being served for the girl who has suffered for so long. Adong
called on the community members to expose defilers so that they face the law.
Eng byte: //Cue in: “I am happy…//
Cue out: …go to prison.”//
On Friday last week, the suspect stormed St. Katherine Girls
Secondary School in Lira City demanding to pick up a senior III student whom he
has been taking care of. However, the school authorities denied his request on
grounds that the girl had reported him for sexual abuse and he was arrested but
later released on Monday.