The 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped by five Pakistani Nationals is undergoing specialized treatment to repair her reproductive and excretory organs damaged during the attack.
Irene Ovonji, the Chief Executive Officer FIDA Uganda, told the media today the victim cannot hold her stool.
The 23 year old woman is being kept at an undisclosed location with the help of different women advocacy groups. Ovongi says they are currently not disclosing her location because different groups of people want to access her including the suspects in the case.
Ovongi described her current state since the ordeal as weak saying the sexual violence she suffered affected her reproductive and excretory organs and has to use diapers because she cannot retain anything she eats.
Ovongi says they are protecting her because there are attempts by the perpetrators to intimidate her.
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Police has already arrested 31-year-old Ahmed Asahapao and 28-year-old Muhammed Wagasa who were allegedly among the group of five Pakistanis who gang raped the young woman. Three other Pakistanis Muhammed Zahiri, Sadiq and Sabazu are on the run.
At a press conference at FIDA Uganda offices today, women lawyers and members of Raising Voices expressed concern about the way this case has been handled ever since it was reported to police in July this year.
The women are demanding for justice in the victim’s case in which they have accused the Division Police Commander Kiira road police station of having been compromised with a Toyota Nadia to kill the case.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, the spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police, Ibn Senkumbi said investigations into the alleged rape case were in advanced stages and suspects would appear in court soon.
Senkumbi said the suspects had been taken to Butabika National Mental referral hospital to ascertain whether they could stand trial. He explained that there were parallel investigations by the Bukoto-based Professional Standards Unit—PSU into allegations of police cover-up of the alleged rape.
When asked whether PSU had recovered the Toyota Nadia that had allegedly been given to earn the suspects freedom, Senkumbi said he was not aware.
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However, Senkumbi explained that all these allegations would be investigated to a logical conclusion. Senkumbi said police was hunting for the three Pakistani nationals who are believed to be somewhere in Uganda. However, when told that the suspects had been allegedly escorted back home to pack and given a safe exit with police vehicles to Entebbe International Airport, Senkumbi was left speechless.
The women lawyers want government to prioritise issues affecting Uganda as a society instead of focusing on things like the Public Order Management Act which is aimed at curtailing free speech.