23 February 2014

Uganda: Man 'Marries' Own Sister

Police in Nawanyingi sub-county in the eastern district of Iganga have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of defiling his underage biological sister.

Latifu Kongola, was arrested on February 27 at his home in Bufutula, a village in Namungalwe sub-county after allegedly spending two months living with his 14-year-old sister as husband and wife. The girl is in primary six at Namunsala primary school.

The officer in charge of Nawanyingi police post, Joseph Makoma, confirmed the arrest. He said Kongola would be charged with defilement and incest. The suspect and sister were caught by their uncle Wantege Sadadi, who also doubles as the LCI chairman of Bufutula.

Wantege told The Observer that Kongola had earlier been reprimanded by clan leaders over the incestuous affair. During the said clan meeting, Kongola was reportedly fined four goats for ritual cleansing and given 20 strokes of the cane.

Kongola and his sister are both children of Rashid Batuka and Josephine Nalubowa, a well-respected couple in the village.

A teary Nalubowa couldn't hide her grief as she talked about her children in an interview with The Observer. Both children belong to the Baise Luwongo clan. The clan members have decided to expel Kongola from the clan for bringing shame to them.


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