Thirteen of the twenty-one people who were arrested by Police in Uganda over sex party have been charged and convicted on Thursday, October 14.
Recall that police in the early hours of Saturday, October 10, busted a sex party in Kira Municipality, Wakiso district and arrested 21 persons. See previous report Here
The suspects, mostly girls, were charged before Kira Magistrate’s court and convicted on six counts of disobedience of lawful orders, negligent act likely to spread infection of disease, keeping a brothel, indecent practices, prostitution, and promoting trafficking in persons.
The offences attract maximum jail sentences of three and seven years’ imprisonment, respectively.
The convicts include, Suzan Akwir, 25, Phiona Nalubega, 27, Prossy Nabukenya alias Nakimera, 20, Esther Apio, 26, Christine Nsereko, 21, Edith Nakimbugwe, 22, and Mariam Nakalembe, 20.
Others are Ali Mugisha, 26, Sabra Achen, 23, Shakira Nanteza, 28, and Irene Namatovu, 28.
Grade One Magistrate, Joan Aciro, of Kira Chief Magistrates’ Court convicted the group having pleaded guilty on their own plea.
However, the owner of Tower Guest House in Kireka, Sharon Amutusimire, 26, where the offences were committed, denied the charges together with Yesiga Mugenyi, 20, a boda boda rider.
Amutusimire faces separate charges of keeping a brothel and promoting trafficking in persons.
“This court hereby convicts you on your own plea. But a plea of not guilty is entered for Amutusimire and Mugenyi,” Aciro said.
Prosecution alleged that the accused and others still at large on October 10, 2020 at Kireka Tower Guest House, Kira Municipality in Wakiso district while in a sex party disobeyed lawful orders, namely curfew, of being in their homes between 9:00pm and to 5:30am issued by President Yoweri Museveni.
It is also alleged that the accused in the same place, unlawfully and negligently engaged in a social gathering, an act they knew to be likely to spread infection of disease, namely COVID-19, a disease dangerous to human life.
Prosecution also alleges that Amutusimire and others still at large since 2019 at Kireka Namugongo division in Kira has been keeping rooms in Tower Guest House for purposes of prostitution.
Amutusimire is also accused of using the guesthouse for purposes of commercial sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old girl (name not disclosed).
The 16-year-old girl who was picked up together with 20 others from the sex party was sold to the organisers by her elder sister, police detectives have learnt.
According to police investigators, the teenager was brought from Masaka by her elder sister under the guise that she had secured her a job in Kampala since schools are still closed because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, says during investigations, the girl said her sister ‘sold’ her to a woman she identified as Anita Kayz.
According to Owoyesigyire, they have added a charge of trafficking in persons on the suspects.
The girl has since told police that on the night they were arrested, she had already slept with four men but Anita escaped with the money she had made.
Police have launched a manhunt for Anita who allegedly organised the sex party.