During the hearing, the prosecution told the court that in December 2017, Ssenkyama in his capacity as Malongo LC III chairperson unlawfully arbitrated in the matter of aggravated defilement against a twelve-year-old girl who was in primary five at Lwemiyaga primary school in Lwengo.
Simeo Ssenkyama, the
Malongo Sub county LC III chairperson in Lwengo district has earned himself a jail term for conniving to marry off a twelve-year-old
girl. The Masaka Chief Magistrate Charles Yeitesi convicted the LC III Chairperson after finding him guilty
of aiding the sexual abuse against an underage girl and soliciting a bribe from
During the hearing, the prosecution
told the court
that in December 2017,
Ssenkyama in his
capacity as Malongo LC III
chairperson unlawfully arbitrated in the matter of aggravated defilement
against a twelve-year-old girl who was in primary five at Lwemiyaga primary
school in Lwengo.
According to the charge sheet, Ssenkyama connived
with the victim’s father identified as Francis Tushabe, to solicit a bribe of Shillings 1.2 million from Edison Kyalisiima, the
offender and accordingly allowed him to take in the girl for a wife.
Tumusiime, the Officer in Charge of Katovu Police Post told the court in his evidence that in addition to
initiating negotiations, Ssenkyama also witnessed a formal agreement between
the victim’s father and the offender who was at the time 20 years of age.
He noted that although the victim fled from the forced
marriage and sought refuge with her
relatives in Ntugamo district, Ssenkyama also assisted the escape of the
offender to avoid police arrest.
Tumusiime also accused Ssekyama of sharing part of the bribe he
solicited from the offender and using his influence to try and frustrate investigations and prosecution.
Ssenkyama denied the
charges arguing that he only came in to resolve a bitter dispute, which had emerged between two neighboring
He told the court
that although he did not consent to marry off the girl, the parents from
either side agreed to resolve
the matter amicably because both the offenders and victim were still below the
age of consent.
According to Ssenkyama, the offender who is
currently on the run
at the time he committed the
offense. However, Charles Yeitesi, the
Masaka Chief Magistrate found Ssenkyama guilty of overstepping his mandate as a
Sub-county chairperson to the extent
of assuming powers of the court to adjudicate in criminal matters.
He, therefore, convicted
him on two counts of concealing a criminal act and soliciting a bribe from the
offenders. He handed them a jail
term of one year or a fine of Shillings
2 million on both counts.