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Rakai Man Accused of Defiling Friend’s 6-year-old Daughter

The suspect identified as Joshua Ssempijja had escaped shortly after the incident but police and residents got him from a hideout this afternoon.
The police in Rakai have today arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly defiling a six-year-old girl.

The defilement occurred at Kakumiro village in Lwamaggwa town council on Wednesday.

The suspect identified as Joshua Ssempijja had escaped shortly after the incident but police and residents got him from a hideout this afternoon. It is said that Ssempijja, has been a friend to his victim’s family, especially her mother.   He had escorted the girl to the well when he allegedly turned against her. 

According to eyewitnesses, the girl was seen bleeding and could not support herself.   Jessica Najjemba, one of the concerned residents who helped the girl back home, said the and the girl reported what had happened her.

The victim was rushed to Lwamaggwa HCIII where she is still admitted and is receiving crtical treatment. 

The victim's mother says she did not expect Ssempijja to turn against her daughter since she trusted him as a responsible person.

ASP Muhammad Nsubuga, the Regional Police spokesperson, confirmed Ssemppijja's arrest saying investigations have kicked off. He is currently being detained at Lwamaggwa police station.

Joseph Ssendagi, the Rakai District Probation and Welfare Officer, says child abuse cases mainly defilement, child labour, child neglect, and excessive physical punishment among others have gone up during the ongoing Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) restrictions.

He adds that the abuses are perpetrated by family members such as parents and relatives and close community members.   Ssendagi says there are more than 200 cases of child abuse and defilement alone has more than 100 cases reported from Lwamaggwa Town Council, Kibanda, Kacheera Kyalurangira, and Kiziba sub-counties. 

He further attributes the abuses to parents' negligence which has exposed their children to defilement and other immoral behaviours.  He noted that the abuses may continue rising until the government lifts the lockdown of schools. 

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