Police in Natete has arrested one Salongo Ssali for aggravated defilement of his 12-year-old niece.
CP Fred Enanga the police spokesperson says that the incident happened in 2020 during the lockdown when the suspect defiled the child and penetrated her anus before giving her 8000 shillings to remain silent.
Enanga told reporters at Naguru on Monday, that the suspect is known to the child’s mother identified as Namugerwa Maria Goretti with whom they share a clan.
During the lockdown, the suspect had come to their home when he found only the girl while her mother was away. He then closed the door and defiled the girl in a grave manner.
However, the child remained silent about the case because Salongo had threatened to shoot or cut her to death if she opened her mouth and revealed the ordeal.
The girl has since had anal complications until she was taken to school in Kibaale and the matron took interest, prompting her to open up.
She then intimated to the school matron that her uncle had penetrated her in the anus and that when she goes to the toilet, her rectum protrudes.
Police officers picked up the suspects and investigations are underway to have him charged with aggravated defilement.
In a related development,
Ninsiima Shariffa a resident of Triangle zone in Mulago reported a case of a stranger who came into her home and picked up a 7-year-old child before defiling her.
It is reported that the unknown stranger came to the home when the mother wasn’t around and convinced the child to go with him to buy sweets.
However, the stranger defiled the child before bringing her back home. The police have opened investigations into the matter.
Enanga has blamed parents and guardians for not doing enough in protecting children, especially girls.
“We have several sexual predators on the loose. They look for any single opportunity where there is a girl they can victimize, irrespective of her age. We need to be very close to our children and train them so that they are not easily lured by strangers,” Enanga cautioned.