Police in Kalungu District are holding a former speaker of Lukaya Town Council in Kalungu District for allegedly defiling a 15- year- old girl.
The suspect, who is also a biological uncle to the victim, is said to have started having sex with the minor last year.
The minor’s predicament came to light after she shared her ordeal with her teacher at King David High School who later alerted Police which arrested the suspect.
“She told me she could hardly resist since the uncle was the bread winner and also paid her school fees. She had also been threatened that her studies could stop if she dare narrated the story to anyone,” the teacher said on Wednesday.
It is alleged that the suspect took advantage of the wife being away to entice the victim into having sex.
Southern Region Regional Police Commander, Mr Latif Zaake said the mother of the victim will also be interrogated since she seemed unbothered about her daughter’s situation.
Defilement cases are on the rise in Uganda. Police records show 120,707 girls below the age of 18 years have been defiled in Uganda in the last five years. The 2016 police crime report further shows that in 2010 alone, 14,973 cases of defilement were recorded and since then, the rate has gone up.
More than 500 teenage girls were defiled in the five months last year in Kampala Metropolitan Police area, a report has shown. Statistics at police divisions in the area show that the teenagers were mostly defiled during school holidays.
In Kampala Metropolitan Police South, 185 defilement cases have been recorded since January. Kampala Metropolitan Police South covers Katwe, Nateete, Nsangi, Kyengera, Entebbe, Ndeeba, Kabowa, Kajjansi and Salaama Road, among others.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in June accused teachers and parents of negligence, which she said has allowed defilement of school-going children to sprout unchecked.
For teachers, instead of protecting the minors, Kadaga said they top the list of defilers.
“Some of the perpetrators are teachers and head teachers. We need more action on those people because the ethics of the teaching profession doesn’t allow that,” said Kadaga. Kadaga spoke while receiving a petition from victims of defilement and former abductees by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. The event took place at Parliament, Thursday, 28 June 2018