Lyantonde RDC Warns Parents, Police Over Mismanaging Defilement Cases
Lyatonde Resident District Commissioner (RDC) has warned parents and police against mismanaging defilement cases.
RDC SulaimanTuguragaraMatojo made the warning while addressing reporters at his office.
He says that a big number of defilement cases reported at Lyantonde police stations don’t make it to courts of law and those that are taken to court are lost because of either lack of evidence or witnesses and mismanagement.
Matojo says that many parents are fond of negotiating with defilement suspects and end up not showing up in courts to testify against them and other parents go in for settling the matter out of court.
He says that he has information that parents ask for money from suspects ranging from shs.100,000 – 200,000 and withdrew cases from police saying that this should stop or else they risk being arrested and prosecuted.
Matojo further says that his office is investigating allegations that some police officers remove defilement files from police records and others alter charges and they prefer simpler charges to suspects instead of aggravated defilement.
The Southern Region Police spokesperson Lameck Kigozi says that he is not aware of this practice but advised members of the public to open up cases against officers that mismanage their cases.
He however, blames parents and members of the public for not helping police and courts to fight defilement from their communities.