Mbarara: Police denies reports a suspect was raped in its Custody


Police in Mbarara has denied allegations leveled against its officers,  by  a  60- year old woman in Mbarara that law enforcement authorities  for neglecting her sexual assault case.

Naiga Kamukama, a resident of Rubindi Trading Centre in Kashari, says she was raped by one Thomas Kateho Bahebwa, the LC3 chairperson Rubindi Sub County on 13 April, 2018. She says ever since, local police has refused to take up her, to enable drag the offender to court.

The mother of four says Rubindi police, four months down the road, have declined to send her file to the DPP’s office.

Kamukama says on the fateful night, while she was running her shop at about 10pm, a group people including police officers barged in, grabbed and started beating her up.

Later she says she was arrested and told she was being accused of selling marijuana and cocaine in the area.

She adds that during the night, Chairman Kateho appeared, opened the cell and raped her, adding that she lost her 680,000= from her shop in the process of arrest.

She named some of the people she recognized among the assailants as Timothy Mbahebwa Kateho, former OC station Rubindi police post ASP Robert Nabeta and PC Kizza Alex.

She filed cases of rape, criminal trespass, and theft against the group, under case number SDR 07/16/4/2018, SD 21/13/04/2018 and CRB 2241/18.

The cases, however, have stalled ever since.

However, responding to the allegations, the Rwizi region police spokesperson, Samson Kasasira denies the claim that the complainant was neglected by the police. Kasasira says if it is true that she was raped in police premises and examination was made as she says, she should come to police and get justice.




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