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The Kanungu District Police Commander, Edson Muhangi said, “Parents and guardians who continuously settle defilement cases out of court and prefer to instead demand for money and set free the suspects free, will be arrested.”
“This is strongly condemned and is against the law of the land,” added Muhangi.
He made the remarks on Friday while meeting the residents of Nyamirama Sub County in Kanungu at a community sensitization programme organized by the district security committee.
According to the committee chairperson, Jjuko Kasita, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner Kanungu district, this programme is a move to sensitize the masses against rampant defilement cases in the district.
“I will first arrest parents and guardians who have taken the law upon your hands before I arrest the defilers and this must stop,” Muhangi said angrily.
He noted that the area is known for habiting drug addicts and unemployed youths who have resorted to playing cards all day and at night go out to rob shops, buses that travel at night.
He further explained that the law provides that any person who breaks or enters a shop, warehouse or store with intent to commit an offense of stealing is liable to five years imprisonment.
If armed with a dangerous weapon, one is liable to fourteen years of imprisonment and if one defiles a child under the age of eighteen, then is liable to life imprisonment.
“I have explained to you what the law says, therefore when I come to arrest you get ready to serve that sentence when convicted by the court,” Muhangi assured the parents.
According to Muhangi, the Kanungu police receive eight to ten cases of defilement every month, six are charged in court and other cases remain pending investigations.
He also noted that Nyamirama Sub County records the highest number of defilement cases every month in the whole of Kanungu district.
Meanwhile, Police at Kihihi police station was on Friday stranded with the body of unidentified person who was on Thursday found dead at Kihihi Health Center IV compound.
Mr. Saturday Nason, officer in charge of the Health Center told Chimpreports that the un-identified man aged between 30 and 35 was found at around mid night by security guards and yet he was not a patient at the center.
The Kihihi Police Station officer in-charge of Crime Investigations, James Mutaire said Police carried out a thorough check up and no document was found to help in identifying the origin of the dead man.
“Postmortem indicates his stomach was empty, which means he could have died of hunger,” said Mutaire.