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Activist Petitions Nabweru Resident State Attorney over Delayed Prosecution of Domestic Violence Case

Mariam Mwiza, a human rights activist and the Executive Director of the Overseas Workers Voice Uganda (OWVU) has petitioned Julius Tuhairwe, the Resident State Attorney of Nabweru Division Court over delayed prosecution of a domestic violence case in Kagoma, Maganjo.

Mwiza says that on September 24, 2020, she was informed about a mysterious incident in Kagoma Maganjo B, in Nabweru Division, Nansana Municipality, where the husband of a one Ms Nabukenya Dorothy, who was identified as Mr. Damulira George William allegedly tried to burn her, together with their two children in the house using car tyres.

She said that since that day, the case has never been handled by the Courts of Law yet all evidence implicating the suspect is available.

Mwiza, therefore, wants Mr. Tuhairwe to intervene and summon the file so that prosecution is done.

In a letter to the State Attorney, which was seen by ChimpReports, Mwiza says that she rushed to the scene and witnessed whatever was going on and after some few hours she escorted Ms Nabukenya to Maganjo Police Post and opened up a case.

“A case of Domestic Violence on Reference number SD.REF: 17/24/09/20 was recorded,” reads part of the letter.

“Since that day, I have been going through ups and downs because of that file. I went back after 3 days and found that the statements had been kept in an old box and the file was missing. I asked the Officer in-charge who gave me an excuse that they had been so busy for the previous 3 days that she couldn’t address it to the responsible officer. I asked her to do the needful and I moved away without being helped,” the letter further reads.

In an interview with ChimpReports, Mwiza noted that then she rushed to the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) to report the negligence of the officers at Maganjo police post.

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“The office of DIGP instructed the Officer In-charge of Family, Child and Protection Unit at Naguru Police Headquarters to follow up that case and when she contacted the officers at Maganjo police post, she found out that the file had been moved to Kawempe Regional Offices, an indicator that there was something fishy. The file had only two statements by then,” she said.

“With the help of the Office of the DIGP, I followed the file at Kawempe Regional Offices and other statements were recorded,” she added.

She said that since then, the file has never moved from the desk yet her client, Ms Nabukenya is living in fear.

“She is psychologically tortured and she hasn’t been helped since then. A confidential source first informed us that Mr. Damulira is following his wife who is currently working at her brother’s shop and after knowing where she works, he has been, for three times in late evening, rotating around that shop,” she said.

“We don’t know the intention but since we have the proof that she has been going through torture and the man wanted to burn her, we think he might do something bad during this time and yet the file is not moving,” she noted.

In a telephone interview with ChimpReports, Luke Oweyisigyire, the Deputy Spokesperson of Police in Kampala Metropolitan Area said that thorough investigations are still ongoing to identify the magnitude of the case.

“We are going to summon the said husband and he records a statement with us and also take Ms Nabukera to our specialized medics to really ascertain the magnitude of the infliction that was placed on her by her husband,” Owoyesigire said.

“We are also looking forward to recording statements from different eyewitnesses and after that, we shall forward the file to the Resident State Attorney for Prosecution, when we have enough evidence,” he added.

 

 

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