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Village Chairperson Arrested for Frustrating Defilement Trial

Kyakulumbye is accused of trying to compromise a trial involving a 20-year-old man who is accused of impregnating a 16-year-old girl from his village. He was arrested on the intervention of Kyesiiga Sub County Speaker Mudashiruh Bbaale, following reports that he was conniving with the suspects' parents to frustrate the trial.

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Police in Masaka district is holding Gerald Kyakulumbye, the chairperson of Ddimo village in Kyesiiga sub county for mediating a sexual offence against a minor.  

Kyakulumbye is accused of trying to compromise a trial involving a 20-year-old man who is accused of impregnating a 16-year-old girl from his village.  He was arrested on the intervention of Kyesiiga Sub County Speaker Mudashiruh Bbaale, following reports that he was conniving with the suspects' parents to frustrate the trial.

It is alleged that William Lusembo, a resident of Ddimo landing site defiled and impregnated a young girl but upon his arrest on a fortnight ago, he conspired with the village chairperson to negotiate his release from Ddimo Police Post before his case file also went missing.  

According to Bbaale, the suspect and his parents, through the village chairperson, lured the victim’s parents to give up the matter and settle for a 1.2 million Shillings compensation. Bbaale accuses Kyakulumbye of facilitating an agreement between either parents, in which they negotiated for freedom of the victim.    

//Cue in; “oluvanyuma lw’abazadde…

Cue out…nduulu n’etutandika.”//   

Bbaale also accuses Police Officers at Ddimo Police Post of negotiating for a bribe of 500,000 Shillings to release the suspect in order to frustrate the trial. He explains that police deliberately failed to forward the case file to the Resident State Attorney for sanctioning despite them having substantial evidence against the suspect.  

//Cue in; “so tulindiridde bwenkanya…  

Cue out...busirisi.”// 

A Civil Society Organization; Human Rights Defenders Masaka-HURIDEM, and MIFUMI which deals in advocacy and protection of Women and Children’s rights, have taken up the matter to pursue justice for the victim. These are now demanding for reprimand of the officers at Ddimo Police Post.  

Shifah Kateregga, the Executive Director of HURIDEM says they are irritated by village council leaders who concentrate on securing the release of suspects while suppressing the rights of girls and women whose future stands at stake. 

Masaka Police Community Liaisons Officer Yahaya Lyagoba confirms that the matter has been directly taken up by the District Police Commander.