Pastor arrested over defilement

Tuesday December 22 2009

By Agencies


A pastor in Tororo district is in police custody for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old primary school pupil.

The arrest of Ezra Wekesa of Apostles of God Church brings to three the number of pastors arrested in Tororo in connection to child defilement this year alone. The two other pastors are on remand at Morukatipe Government Prison.

Mr Aggrey Isabirye, the acting Tororo District Police Commander, says Pastor Wekesa was arrested on Saturday by local council officials in West Budama Sub-County.

“The girl claims that the pastor waylaid her when she went out of the church auditorium during an all-night prayer session on Friday,” Mr Isabirye said. A medical exam by Tororo police station proved forced penetration of the girl.

The Tororo district police department records an average of four defilement cases every week. Defilement, which is the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child under-18 years, is the most common crime against children in Uganda.