Emotions ran high at Masaka high court on Tuesday evening as two minors showed up to demand for justice for rape.
The two minors aged eight and eleven years appeared together with their parents before Lady Justice Winfred Nabisinde, the Masaka Resident Judge to testify against a man who reportedly raped them three years ago.
The minors who are still battling psychological trauma accuse 34-year-old Samula Matovu, a resident of Kinoni in Lwengo district for having raped them in 2015 when he lured them into his house.
The victim's parents broke down in tears as soon as the clerk read Matovu's file prompting the state prosecutor to request that the witnesses testify in the court chambers.
According to charge sheet, Samula committed the crime against four biological sisters ranging between three to ten years of age after luring them with money into his rented house on October 09th 2015.
Persecution led by Ivan Nkwasibwe, the Masaka Resident State Attorney told court that the accused person was a neighbor and a friend to the victim's family and abused the trust that was expected of him to rape the minors.
Mastula Nanyunja, the Kasambya Village Chairperson in Kinoni Town Council in Lwengo district, the former landlord of Matovu told URN that they still feel the pain given the long time the case has dragged on.
She demands that court finds the accused guilty and hands him a life sentence for leaving permanent injuries on the victims.
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Hassan Ntambaazi, the father of the victims appealed to the judiciary to expedite the hearing of cases involving the violation of the rights of vulnerable parties to enable them to recover from the trauma and physical harm caused to them by such offenders.
Ntambaazi explains that his children have not fully recovered from the violation inflicted on them.
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The Judge adjourned the court until November 27th to allow the accused person to defend himself.
This is one of the cases lined up for trial in the month long special court session on offences related to Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Masaka sub region.
At least 50 cases will be heard in the session that closes on December 15th this year.