Arua speaker accused of defiling pupil

By Robert Ariaka

After our investigations, the parents of the girl accepted that the girl was sexually abused.

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ARUA - He may be one of the powerful leaders in the municipality, but the long arm of the law may have caught up with him.

The speaker of Arua Municipal council, Ramadhan Faraji, was on Wednesday invited to make a statement at the criminal investigations directorate offices in Arua after he was accused of defiling a P.6 pupil.

According to the investigative officer, Richard Otwikende, Faraji and the victim, reportedly recorded a statement.

Although the suspect and the relatives of the victim had had an out of court settlement of the case, it was resurrected after women groups learnt about it.

A women’s group led by Night Asara, demanded the case to proceed to court for justice to prevail.

Asara, who is also the female councilor for Arua Hill division, said they conducted routine monitoring in the schools within the municipality on girl child education and found the victim dropped out of school following the alleged case of defilement.

“After our investigations, the parents of the girl accepted that the girl was sexually abused and this prompted them to forward the case to the Police,” she said.

“The CID officer gave us one investigating officer but the family blocked the process to allow the girl from being examined on grounds that, they already settled the matter at home,” Asara said.

Parabo Kasim, the area councilor for Tanganyika ward in Arua municipality, acknowledged that the case was reported to him, where he made investigations and discovered that the women’s caucus had reported to the Police.

Parabo alleges that on top of receiving threats, he was also attacked by the family members of the victim for following up the case.