According to information obtained by URN, Ojok and his relatives paid dowry and an unspecified amount of money to the teenager’s family in exchange for her hand in marriage. The family of the girl reportedly accepted the request on Friday evening and handed over the girl to Ojok for marriage in accordance with the Acholi culture.
in Amuru district are in trouble for procuring defilement. They are
thirty-year-old Charles Ojok, who is accused of severally defiling a
fifteen-year-old girl and primary six pupil at Oloyotong Primary School in
The others include Eveline Aciro, the mother of the teenage
girl and her uncle Nyeko Abuja, John Okwir, Elnato Kibwota, Joseph Komakech and
Wilberforce Okwonga. The suspects who are now locked up at Otwee Police
Station were arrested on Saturday for marrying off the fifteen-year-old girl to
They were picked up from Oloyotong Village in Ogungedi
Parish, Amuru Sub County while holding a party to celebrate the traditional
marriage that took place on Friday evening. Emmanuel Bwambale, the Amuru District Police Commander told
URN this morning that they have preferred charges of procuring defilement
against the suspects.
He disclosed the teenager has undergone medical
examination, adding that the suspect’s files have already been sanctioned by
the Resident State Attorney. The suspects are expected to appear before the magistrate`s
court in Amuru on Tuesday. Procuring defilement contravenes section 127 of
the Penal Code Act, which led to imprisonment for five years.
According to information
obtained by URN, Ojok and his relatives paid dowry and an unspecified amount of
money to the teenager’s family in exchange for her hand in marriage. The
family of the girl reportedly accepted the request on Friday evening and handed
over the girl to Ojok for marriage in accordance with the Acholi culture.
A close source in the family, who asked for anonymity, said
that on Saturday afternoon the two families organised celebrations at the teenager’s
girl in Oloyotong Village in Ogungedi Parish to celebrate the successful
traditional marriage before the girl could go to her new home.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LC V chairperson, says police
and district authorities were notified of the illegal marriage prompting them
to storm the scene on Saturday. Apollo Okello, the Amuru District Education
Secretary decried the rising cases of teenage pregnancies and early marriages
in the district, something he attributes to poor parenting, love for money and
During her visit to Northern Uganda last week, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the
State Minister for Youth and Children`s Affair called on everyone to take part
in protecting children and against violence.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc