ARCHDEACON TAKEN TO POLICE FOR IMPREGNATING GIRL, ABANDONS CHILD

BY VANANSIO MBABAZI
IN KABALE—-
The archdeacon for Nyabirerema Archdeaconry in the diocese of Kigezi
Ven. Edward Mwesigwa has been dragged to Kabale police station for
allegedly neglecting a child he fathered.

Win Atusasire 35, a resident of Murandano cell, Bigaga parish, Butanda
Sub County, Kabale district is accusing Ven. Mwesigwa to have
impregnated her but has since refused to provide for their 16-year old
son.

According to Atusasire, Ven. Mwesigwa allegedly raped and impregnated
her on 24th November 2001 and by then he was serving as the parish
priest of Rubaya church of Uganda. She raped her after she had gone to
pick balls to use in church sports activities as she was the youth
leader for Murandano Church of Uganda in Rukore Archdeaconry, Kigezi
Diocese.

Atusasire says that Mwesigwa first seduced her to sit in his home as
they wait for the one who had a key to open the room where balls were
being kept and in the processes he turned against her and raped her.

Atusasire says that she concealed information about a sexual encounter
with Mwesigwa after he pleaded for mercy in order for him not to lose
his job and promised to fully care for the child. However she says
that the man of God only provided a baby shawl worth twenty thousand
shillings when the baby was going for baptism in 2002.

Atusasire says that despite several times she has approached Mwesigwa
seeking for help to the child, she was always bounced. She has now
resorted to report the matter to police for intervention.

She adds that though she went to the office of the Kigezi diocesan
secretary seeking for guidance, she was referred to police to complain.

The officer-in-charge of child and Family Protection department at
Kabale police station, Assistant Superintendent of Police Elizabeth
Ainembabazi confirms that Atusasire has registered a complaint against
Mwesiga.

The case is registered at Kabale Police station under file number
SD21/08/05/2017. Ainembabazi says that police has already issued a
summons to Venerable Mwesigwa so that he reports to Kabale police
station to help in investigations.

When contacted, Ven. Mesigwa refuted the accusations as total false.
He insists that he has not received any summon from police concerning
the matter.

The Kigezi Diocesan Secretary, Rev. Can. Obed Turihohabwe says that
his office is not aware of the matter.
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