Babirye’s parents, Ruth Mutasa and William Mutasa were remanded to Kayiti prison in Namutumba district on May 29th for allegedly assaulting their Village Chairperson, Geoffrey Babalanda and theft of his Shillings 3 million.
Sixteen-year-old Jacqueline Babirye is struggling to fend for
her four siblings following the imprisonment of their parents.
resident of Kabaganda village in Buwenge Sub county, Jinja district says they
are at the verge of starvation as their bread winners were remanded.
Babirye’s parents, Ruth Mutasa and William Mutasa were
remanded to Kayiti prison in Namutumba district on May 29th for
allegedly assaulting their Village Chairperson, Geoffrey Babalanda and theft of
his Shillings 3 million.
Babirye reveals that the disagreements between her
parents and their local leader began when he made sexual advances towards her.
She explains that her parents didn’t welcome the idea and
confronted Babalanda when they spotted him standing with near a borehole in mid-May
leading to a fight.
According to Babirye, her parents were arrested after the
incident and arraigned in court, which remanded them.
Babirye wants police to
protect her from the chairperson who she says has continued pestering her at
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Babirye says that she is epileptic and lacks the
capacity to ably lookout for her siblings who at times fail to return home.
Ali Kilume, a resident of the area says at times
Babirye suffers epileptic attacks while cooking and the young ones are left at
the mercy of well-wishers.
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Babalanda dismissed the allegations as baseless.
“The matter is already in court and all I want is justice because those two
assaulted me in public, they should pay for their crimes,” he said.
Willigas Kasaikya, the coordinator of village
chairpersons in Buwenge Sub County wants warring parties to negotiate and process
bail for at least one of the suspects so as to save the children from uncertainty.