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Wobulenzi Town Head Arrested for Aggravated Defilement

In the complaint, the 16-year-old girl accuses Ssebalamu of repeatedly defiling her. Andrew Lubega, the Programmes Officer at CODI says that the victim alleges that Ssebalamu has been picking her from town to his private home in Kitante zone where he repeatedly defiled her over the last three months.
File Photo; Moses Ssebalamu the LC 3 Chairperson of Wobulenzi town who is accused of defilement
The LCIII Chairperson of Wobulenzi town Moses Ssebalamu has been arrested for the alleged defilement of 16-year-old mentally challenged girl. He is now detained at Wobulenzi Police Station on charges of aggravated defilement.

Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson Paul Kangave says that Ssebalamu was arrested after complaints logged by the Community Development and Child Welfare Initiatives (CODI); a human-rights focused non-governmental organization operating in the area.

In the complaint, the 16-year-old girl accuses Ssebalamu of repeatedly defiling her. Andrew Lubega, the Programmes Officer at CODI says that the victim alleges that Ssebalamu has been picking her from town to his private home in Kitante zone where he repeatedly defiled her over the last three months.

Lubega says that although they ignored the messages at first, they referred the matter to police for investigations, as soon as the girl returned to their office crying for help.

Kangave says that Ssebalamu has since recorded his statement and will be transferred to Luweero Central Police awaiting a court appearance as soon as the State Attorney sanctions his file. URN couldn't access the statements recorded in the police file by the two parties.

According to section 130 of the Penal Code, any person who attempts to have unlawful carnal knowledge with a mentally challenged person commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.

By the time of his arrest, Ssebalamu was on Police bond following his arrest on charges of obtaining money by false pretense. He was accused of selling one piece of land to two different people.

In May this year, Moses Bukenya, a resident of Katale zone also petitioned the town speaker seeking investigations against Ssebalamu for soliciting a bribe of 1.2 million Shillings to allow him to erect a community radio (loudspeaker) without passing through council's procedure.

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