Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says Almeida presented a signed agreement bearing signatures of the teenager’s parents, Yoram Betamu and his wife, Josephine Twongirwe, both residents of Najjera.
CP Fred Enanga- police PRO
A Portuguese national who was arrested two days
ago for marrying a 16-year-old girl has presented a sales agreement signed by the victim’s parents.
Carlos Almeida Da-Costa was picked up on
Wednesday after residents of Busibante in Najjera in Kira Municipality tipped
off Kira Division Police indicating that he had married off a teenager.
Police raided Almeida’s home and found the
teenager inside his bedroom. He was
arrested and taken to Kira Division police headquarters.
insisted that he owned the girl lawfully, saying he had even signed an agreement
with her parents.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says Almeida presented
a signed agreement bearing signatures of the teenager’s parents, Yoram Betamu
and his wife, Josephine Twongirwe, both residents of Najjera.
offered the couple a three-bedroom house in exchange for their daughter.
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According to police, the parents told one of
their neighbours that they married off their primary 6 daughters because she had
overgrown and no longer fit to be in the primary.
Enanga said police decided to
name and shame the girl’s parents to serve as a lesson to other parents since
their conduct is illegal and punishable by law.
The couple and Almeida are waiting to appear in
court. According to the Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID record, more
than 13,000 girls were defiled in 2019.
Most of the victims were aged between 15
to 17 years. Police attribute the problem on the belief by parents that the
girls are overgrown and force them into marriage.