Police in Mbarara district last weekend arrested and later released on bond the Deputy LC5 Chairman of neighboring Kiruhura district who is facing rape allegations. The suspect now under intense investigation is 30-year-old Adson Atuhairwe. Police spokesman Fred Enanga told reporters at the weekly press conference that Atuhairwe was taken into custody at Mbarara Central Police Station after he was accused of raping a 20-year-old woman.
The Kiruhura district leadership has since confirmed this development, announcing today, Tuesday, September 19, that the accused has even been forced to step down from office pending the investigations. “It’s true our Vice-Chairperson was arrested and detained at Mbarara Police Station on allegations of rape but later released on police bond,” said the western district chairperson, Dan Mukago Rutetebya.
“While I totally condemn any criminal acts, I respect and appreciate Article 28(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda which states; that every person is presumed innocent until proven guilty or pleads guilty.
“However, in his respect for the good of judicial procedure, district image, and in respect of the image of the office of Chairperson he tendered in his request to step aside on 15/09/2023 until investigations are fully complete a request I granted.” The chairman called on the residents to remain calm and allow respective bodies to do their respective duties with respect to the principles of natural justice.
Neither Police nor the district authorities commented further on the said allegations brought against the deputy chairman. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at email@example.com).