Kira Police division has two parents in custody for allegedly marrying off their 16-year-old juvenile daughter to a Portuguese national for financial gains.
According to Police, the duo sold their daughter at a yet to be specified amount of money to the foreigner.
“Carlos Alberto Almeida, a 54-year-old Portuguese national, a resident of Busibante, Najjera, Kira Municipality was arrested for defiling a 16-year-old girl who is also a primary six pupil in the same area,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Thursday.
Enanga told the press that upon arrest, the Portuguese suspect presented a signed marriage agreement between him and the parents of the juvenile.
He identified the parents as Yoramu Biteremu and Josephine Twongirwe whom he named to shame and serve as an example to the public and other parents that selling their female children is not acceptable.
“The act of selling daughters is unacceptable and we don’t agree with it,” he said.
He further revealed that the parents had also shifted to the foreigner’s three-bedroomed house in Najjera where they were arrested from by police operatives.
The parents have been charged with facilitating defilement while the Portuguese national faces defilement and their files have been finalized- awaiting court appearance.
In a related development, the law enforcement body has blacklisted Mpigi district for registering the highest number of defilement cases and sexual offenses, especially during the covid19 period.
This followed the latest incident in which a 13-year-old girl was reportedly defiled by a cousin in Butuntu, Kamengo sub-county, Mpigi District.
“We’re putting a lot of focus on Mpigi district because almost every day we register a case of sexual assault including cases of aggravated defilement of young girls and daughters,” said Enanga
The law enforcement further revealed that cases of domestic and sexual violence are on the rise during the lockdown period and encouraged the public to report such cases and incidents to Police Family Protection Departments across the country.