The Directorate of CID last Friday has charged to court a Burundian national and teacher of Ambrosoli International School, Bugolobi for the alleged Aggravated Defilement of three and a half-year-old, female pupil.
According to the police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the facts gathered indicate that Belly Kirimwimana, during the month of February and March, would escort the child to the toilets where he would then use his fingers to inappropriately assault her sexually.
The victim took the courage and reported the gross misconduct to her parents. In some of her words, she indicated that “And since the teacher had bad manners, he will be eaten by a dragon”. Upon examination, the child was found with bruises and signs of inflammation on her private parts.
Enanga says that they are concerned that more children could have been victimized by teacher Belly Kirimwimana, and called upon parents and the school administrators to try to talk to the children about whether they could have been victimized by the suspect or not.
“We want to thank the parents for reporting the matter to the police, and the school administrators for cooperating with us. It truly showed that their first priority was always their pupils. The teacher was charged to court and remanded till 24.05.2022,” Enanga says.
Enanga adds that it is also necessary to establish and enforce rules, offer training and provide reminders about high-risk situations.
“Pupils or school children should never be left alone with a teacher or other staff in a private room, car or toilet etc. Training bystanders and empowering them to keep watch over suspicious patterns is also relevant,” he added.
The police spokesperson further advised institutions to train teachers on how to identify and report child abuse to child protection authorities like Doctors, Police, Social Service agencies, child rights defenders etc. because, they are the people who are constantly in touch with school children, and most likely notice the bruises, poor hygiene, the dejection, and unexplained absences that can be tell-tale signs of mistreatment of all kinds.
Other common forms of child abuse in schools include; the use of inappropriate language, sexually exploit imagery, prolonged hugging, fondling, inappropriate kissing on the forehead, inappropriate complimenting etc.
Together we can stop child abuse.