An investigation is underway in Bukomansimbi after allegations emerged that a father raped his disabled daughter, leading to her pregnancy.
The accused, Joseph Katongole, 36, and his wife, Nakintu Beatrice, 30, were arrested by the Police and Kigangazi Town Council leaders last week following the discovery of the incident.
The victim, Nabukeera, a 16-year-old disabled girl, revealed that her father started abusing her when she was just 14 years old. Despite informing her mother, Natintu, about the abuse, she received no support. Nabukeera eventually became pregnant with twins from her father’s abuse.
When Nabukeera’s pregnancy became apparent to her mother, she was upset and sent her to live with her aunt, Hadijah Naggayi.
However, even her aunt mistreated her, leading Nabukeera to seek refuge at Miss. Nassaka Fatuma’s charity home.
Though initially denying the accusations, Joseph Katongole eventually admitted to sexually abusing his daughter once but denied being the father of the twins.
Similarly, Nakintu, Nabukeera’s mother, first denied the allegations but later admitted to knowing about them and informing her husband, which he denied.
The couple is currently detained at Bukomansimbi police station, and DNA samples will be taken from Katongole to determine the paternity of the twins.
Twaha Kasirye, the spokesperson of Greater Masaka police, stated that they will arraign Katongole in court for the accusations against him.
Residents have expressed outrage over the incident, demanding justice for Nabukeera. Bukomansimbi deputy RDC, Kalema Fred Pax, condemned the actions and called on local leaders to intensify the fight for the rights of girls and women.