18 January 2013

Uganda: Arua Police Hold School Head for Defiling Own Student

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ANPPCAN research coordinator Ruth Birungi and Information officer Maron Agaba at a news conference.

The Police in Arua district have arrested a 29-year-old teacher over defilement.

Emmanuel Egama, the deputy head teacher of Santore Memorial Secondary School in Omugo sub-county, was arrested over allegations that he defiled and impregnated a 17-year-old Senior Two student of the same school.

The West Nile regional Police spokesperson, Josephine Angucia, said Egama reportedly used to ask the student to help him clean his house since his wife was always away.

The wife teaches at Drajini Secondary School in Yumbe district.

Angucia said the girl handed to the Police a notebook where she recorded the dates on which Egama reportedly defiled her seven times between June and September last year.

"Instead of teaching morals, this man decided to exhibit bad manners. It is absurd," she said.

Angucia said the girl discovered that she was pregnant in October last year.

She said when attempts to make the girl abort failed, Egama reportedly entered into dowry negotiations with the girl's relatives and it was agreed that he should pay three cows and sh600,000.

Angucia said on January 5, Egama reportedly paid sh100,000 instead of the sh600,000 they had earlier agreed on.

This angered the girl's relatives who reported the matter to the Police.

He was arrested and briefly detained at Omugo Police Post before being transferred to Arua Police Station.

His case file will be submitted to the resident state attorney for perusal before he appears in court to answer charges, according to the Police.

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