The inside story of gang-raped woman
Posted Tuesday, October 22 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- New documents obtained by the Daily Monitor show that the police spent a month after the case of Pakistani men suspected to have gang-raped a 23-year-old woman was reported to them before visiting the crime scene in Naguru, Kampala.
Yesterday, a group of women activists led a march in Kampala to protest police’s failure to arrest key suspects in the case.
As debate on the matter rages, the Daily Monitor has seen police documents dating from July that tell a story of bureaucracy and red tape, which could have allowed suspects to cover their tracks and disappear.
Documents show that the victim on July 6 reported to Kiwatule Police Station that the key suspect, Mr Muhammad Zahiru, had carnal knowledge with her at his home in Naguru in December 2012.
The police officer, a one Komakech, recorded the statement, then forwarded her file to the chief detective of the station, Ms Robinah Birungi, for “further management”. Ms Birungi acknowledged receipt of the file three days later.
On the same day, July 9, Ms Birungi indicated that the suspect was at large but added that the lawyer of YUASA, the suspect’s employer, had indicated willingness to assist the police. YUASA is a car importing firm.
In one of her early recordings, Ms Birungi said a group of Pakistanis, residing with the alleged suspect, had been rescued from a mob which attacked them in Naguru.
The police rescued the group which they set free after screening.
Later in the day, Ms Birungi took the victim to Mulago hospital where she was admitted in Ward 5AA.
The following day, July 10, Ms Birungi asked the YUASA lawyer to help trace the suspects and record statements but failed because the lawyer was reportedly busy.
She then went back to Mulago to check on the victim and also take her to a police surgeon for medical examination.
According to the documents, the examination was done by one Dr Santo of Market Street Clinic in Nakawa, who discovered “moderate looseness to anal sphincter muscles and severe infection of the pelvic and abdomen.”
Ms Birungi then reported that she placed a call to YUASA eight days later, on July 18, but it went unanswered. However, in a strange twist, she received a call on the same day from the Kira Road Division CID boss Ibrah Batusi, who told her that the Inspector General of Police wanted the file.
But before Ms Birungi could pass the file to Mr Batusi, it was sent to the gender-based violence officer at CIID headquarters in Kibuli and it was received by D/SP Rose Nalubega.
Hours after receiving the file, Ms Nalubega then forwarded it to the Commissioner for Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Mr Barasa Wejuli.
In his response to Ms Nalubega, Mr Barasa wrote: “Let us move fast to have the suspect arrested for interrogation. Every effort should be made to conclude the inquiries which should include to have the anal blood from the victim for comparison with blood from suspect in DNA test if not late. The police PF3A should be accompanied with that report. Report your progress.”