Makerere Student detained for raping female student at Hall of Residence

Kampala, (UG):– The Police in Kampala are holding a 23-year-old male student of Makerere University arrested for allegedly raping a female student at one of the Varsity’s Hall of Residence.

The suspect (whose details police could not reveal for sensitivity purposes) is a fourth-year Engineering student who is accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old female student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in tourism at Metropolitan International University – Kampala Campus.

ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, who confirmed the incident to this publication revealed that the suspect allegedly committed the act early this month on February 4 at the hall of residence after she was purportedly referred to the suspect by her roommate for guidance on internship procedures.

“The accused allegedly raped the girl from one of the halls,” ASP Owoyesigyire stated.

Reports suggest that after exchanging contacts, the victim initially contacted the suspect who then arranged a meeting at Makerere University Hall, where he resides.

However, upon meeting, he allegedly took her to his room under the guise of explaining internship procedures, and as the victim attempted to leave, the suspect locked the door and assaulted her.

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The victim who opened up to police explained that during the assault, the suspect muffled her cries by covering her face with a pillow to prevent those in the neighbourhood from learning of the ongoing atrocity. The next morning on February 5, the victim and her roommate reported the incident to the Makerere police station.

Mr Owoyesigyire confirmed that samples were collected and submitted to the Government Analytical Laboratory as part of the ongoing investigation into the case.

Following the report, Ms. Jane Namaganda, a lawyer at the Center for Health, Human Rights, and Development (CEHURD), intervened after learning of alleged attempts by the suspect’s family to obstruct justice. Their intervention reportedly led to the suspect’s arrest on February 9.

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Ms Namaganda urged the police to expedite the investigation, emphasizing the importance of holding perpetrators accountable. She emphasized the necessity of ensuring that educational institutions remain safe spaces for all students, particularly women.

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