Pakistani community apologises for gang-rape incident
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 13:35
Kampala- The Pakistani community in Uganda has apologised to Ugandans for the alleged rape of a 23-year-old woman committed by five members of their community.
They have also agreed to compensate and clear the victim’s medical bills.
In addition to this, they also agreed to make an immediate search for, arrest and hand over to police the suspects who are still at large.
Yesterday’s meeting followed a public outcry over the alleged gang rape of the woman by five Pakistanis working with YUASA Investments in June.
Two suspects have since been arrested but the rest are still at large.
The agreement was arrived at, at a meeting with women rights activists from 16 Non-governmental organisations at their offices in Ntinda, Kampala.
The team of nine Pakistani representatives was led by consular Bonny Katatumba.
Mr Katatumba apologised on behalf of the community and urged Ugandans to treat the incident as an isolated case.
“We promise to cooperate with police and other organisations and we apologise for what happened,” Mr Katatumba said.
The team, however, objected to the demand by women activists that YUASA Investments be closed till the suspects are arrested and produced in court.
“The closure of YUASA will be unfair. It will be judgment before the case is heard. We are citizens of Uganda, treat this case as such,” Mr Katatumba said.