By Abdukarim Ssengendo
The Rwizi regional police office has intervened in a case in which a seven-year-old boy lost his penis during circumcision and has amended the case against the suspect, Muhammad Baryayanga.
Baryayanga, a resident of Kikaza cell in Ruhaama, Ntungamo district, is suspected to have cut off the upper part of boy’s penis while circumcising him in May this year.
The amendment of the charge on August 14 follows a complaint by the boy’s father, Julius Kamwesiga, the UPDF 2nd Division Mbarara liaison officer. He complained that the Ntungamo state attorney reduced the charge from causing grievous harm to a rush-and-neglect act.
The Rwizi regional Police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, said they recalled the file from Ntungamo and amended the charge to acting with intent to cause grievous harm contrary to Section 216 of the Penal Code Act.
On May 3, a case was reported at Ntungamo Police Station that Baryayanga, while circumcising a boy, cut off the upper part of his penis and investigations into the case were launched.
He was arrested after a medical report from Mbarara Hospital, where the boy was admitted, indicated that grievous harm had been inflicted on him. Baryayanga was later released on Police bond.
Namaye said the case file was taken to the state attorney of Ntungamo for sanctioning and the advice was that the suspect be charged with carrying out a rush-and-neglect act other than causing grievous harm as indicated in the medical report.
She said they are seeking further advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP).
Kamwesiga, dissatisfied with the state attorney’s advice, sought redress from the regional police office.
He told New Vision last week that his son is being treated at a private hospital in Mbarara but needs to be taken abroad for further treatment.
Meanwhile, the Imam of Ntungamo Mosque on June 14 wrote to Ntungamo Police Station introducing Baryayanga, saying he had been circumcising their children for the last three years.
He said Baryayanga attended a circumcision course in Jinja after which he was awarded a certificate.