By Ambrose Kweronda
in Kabale district—–
Police in Kabale District are currently detaining a 19-year-old Rwandan national who is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old nursery school child in Shooro village, Buhara sub-county, Kabale District.
The young victim has been identified as Arinda Tracy, a 7-year-old female student at Kabahesi Nursery and Primary School and a resident of Shooro village, Buhara sub-county in Kabale District.
Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region police spokesperson told journalists today that on 23/10/2023, between 09:00 am and 10:00 am in Kabahesi village, Buhara sub-county, Kabale District, the suspect identified as Mulengyezi Silver, aged 19, and a casual laborer who had been living in Kabahesi village, had sexual intercourse with the young victim.
According to Maate, the suspect intercepted the victim as she was on her way to school, forcefully took her to his place, and sexually assaulted her. This heinous act caused significant pain and bleeding to the victim, who was subsequently threatened by the suspect not to disclose the incident to anyone.
Upon returning home, the victim’s distress was noticed by her sister, Macline, who observed that the child was wearing her clothing improperly. When questioned, the victim confided in Macline about the assault, who then informed their grandmother.
The grandmother, in response to her granddaughter’s ordeal, insisted that the child change her clothing. This is when it was discovered that the young victim’s undergarments were stained with blood.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of transportation, the grandmother was unable to report the incident immediately. It wasn’t until the next day, on 24/10/2023, that a good Samaritan provided them with transportation to Kabale police station, where the matter was officially reported.
Police visited the scene of the crime, conducted an examination, and documented the evidence. Relevant statements were obtained from witnesses, and both the victim and the suspect were examined.
The suspect was subsequently arrested and detained, and the investigation is ongoing.