Headteacher arrested, charged over defiling two pupils

Rukungiri, (UG): The Territorial Police in Rukungiri District have arrested and charged a 58-year-old head teacher with aggravated defilement of two pupils and indecently assaulting another at his school in the southwestern Uganda district.

Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Mr Elly Maate confirmed the incident and said the victims are aged 15, 14 and 12 years respectively, all pupils at Karukaata Primary School in Rukungiri District
Preliminary investigations indicate that between August 2023 and March 2024, the suspect, James Babyebuza, had unlawful carnal knowledge of the victims while at the school.

“The victims decided to open up to their school senior woman teacher who later informed the district inspector of schools who reported the matter at Rukungiri Central Police Station before the suspect was arrested,” Mr Maate said, describing the incident as unfortunate, given that teachers are supposed to protect pupils under their cares. 

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The police spokesperson said they would charge him with aggravated defilement. 

The 2022 Uganda Police Force Annual Crime Report revealed that a total of 12,580 cases of defilement were reported, similar to the statistics compiled by the Criminal Investigations Directorate – CID, which shows 13,441 girls were defiled a year ago, an indication that almost 36 girls are defiled every day.

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