MPIGI. The deputy speaker of Mpigi District Council, Mr Cyrus Baker Ssempijja has faulted over increasing cases of defilement in the area, accusing them of negotiating with suspects or their families and eventually facilitate their released from police custody after being given money without being tried in courts of law.
“Police should come up with an explanation why parents of the defiled victims negotiate with suspects in custodies to get money from such cases. This is very risky and parents should know that defilement is not a source of income for their survival,” he said.
He made the remarks at Nabusanke Police Post in Nkozi Sub-county, Mpigi District on Monday where he had visited to follow up some defilement cases with members of Our Pride Foundation, a community based organization that fights for the children’s rights in four sub-counties; Kituntu, Nkozi, Buwama and Kamengo.
“In the last two months, we managed to rescue at least 13 girls who were locked out during night by their parents due to unknown reasons. This can cause rape, defilement, murder and kidnap. Can you imagine, since November last year, we have recorded 42 defilement cases! This number is too much and we should join hands together with security operatives and the whole community to fight against the vise,” Mr Ssempijja told this reporter.
He added: “Currently, boda-boda cyclists, taxi drivers, their conductors and teachers in primary schools are the main suspects who defile our young girls, according to our research. We shall not allow this in our area.”
Mr Ssempijja’s statements came a day after police in Nabusanke arrested and detained a 30-year-old boda-boda cyclist at Nabusanke Stage in Nkozi Sub-county who allegedly defiled a 15-year-old girl, also a senior three student at Kayabwe High School last weekend.
However, when contacted on telephone, Mr Ahmed Kimera Sseguya, the District Police Commander denied these allegations that parents negotiate with suspects in police custody but confirmed that police receive several defilement cases.
“It is not true that those arrangements or agreements of paying money to parents or any other guardian are done at our posts or stations but what I can assure you is that defilement cases in Mpigi District are on the rise. We are trying our best to ensure that we reduce the number but we shall investigate these reports to ensure that state laws are followed,” he said.