Lady in Latvian tourist rape saga fears for her  life 

Mr Joseph Collins Twahirwa, accused of raping Ms Saulite Anda, in the dock at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court on January 18, 2023. PHOTO/ ABUBAKER LUBOWA

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  • Concerns.  “There is a man who first helped the lady report the matter. On the day when NTV ran the story, he came to say the pastor is ready to pay me whatever money I want so as to stop following that matter because it seems things are getting out of hand,” Sumaya Uwiragiye, complainant

A woman, who claims she helped a Latvian national break the silence about her sexual abuse at the hands of a Ugandan pastor, says her life is in danger.
Ms Sumaya Uwiragiye has had to keep a wine shop and restaurant she operates at Lukuli Nanganda in Makindye Division under lock and key after Ms Saulite Anda spoke exclusively to NMG Uganda about her predicament.

Ms Anda, 36, accused Mr Joseph Collins Twahirwa of raping her during her first night in Uganda on December 11, 2022. Mr Twahirwa, 28, was last week remanded into custody at Luzira prison.
Now Ms Uwiragiye, 32, who helped Ms Anda tell her story to NMG Uganda, suspects she is being trailed by Mr Twahirwa’s emissaries.

“There is a man who first helped the lady report the matter at Jinja Road Police Station. On the day when NTV ran the story, he came to say the pastor is ready to pay me whatever money I want so as to stop following that matter because it seems things are getting out of hand,” Ms Uwiragiye said in an interview on Sunday. She told this publication that the unidentified man didn’t take no for an answer. On January 15, she was reportedly trailed by men on two motorcycles. This was as Ms Uwiragiye returned home with her sister. 
“I have been forced to close the restaurant since January 15 because I do not know these people and their intentions,” she revealed, adding, “They can easily kill me. I do not know who they are, but I suspect these are followers of the pastor who are not pleased that he was remanded to prison.”

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