A 59-year-old girl was publicly caned for having sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old man at Bwera Parish headquarters in Kyeizooba Sub-county, Igara East Constituency in Bushenyi District, Uganda.
The woman recognized as Ms Kedesi Katsigaire, a resident of Nyambirizi Village, had beforehand been accused of being a sexual predator.
Ms Katsigaire was reportedly caught red-handed by residents having intercourse with Godfrey Musyotoore in her home last Tuesday.
Ladies within the area have for a while suspected Ms Katsigaire of sexually abusing their youngsters.
“We would not mind if Ms Katsigaire was practising her dubious behaviour with older men. However, if you take a look at the [age] gap between the two, it’s abnormal,” stated Ms Jacenta Kamashengyero, a social worker at Bwera Parish.
“We had to come in because it was degrading our dignity as women. After we entered the suspects’ home, we discovered the two in mattress naked and so they began to say sorry…we decided to take them to the parish headquarters where we found the entire group gathered.” she added.
The village council headed by the chairperson, Mr Nathan Bigirwa, gave Mr Musyotoore a stern warning and four strokes of the cane. The council additionally ordered a punishment of 10 strokes of the cane for Ms Katsigaire.
“After we arrested the two, we checked out all choices. Communal work and caning. Ms Katsigaire selected caning and we determined to offer her 10 strokes of the cane as a warning to other [older] women,” Mr Bigirwa stated.
The Kyeizoba Sub-County chairperson, Mr Victor Taremwa, stated he was briefed by councillors about the incident. He defended the punishments meted out, saying it was needed to instil dignity and good behaviour in our people.
The Bushenyi District probation and welfare officer, Ms Faith Amanya Batega, stated it “is a social accountability for us all” to handle issues around “violence against youngsters and adolescents.”
The same message was echoed by the Bushenyi District Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Willy Bataringaya.
“If you take a look at the matter, it’s more of a moral than legal one…individuals shouldn’t nevertheless take laws into their very own arms.”Ms Katsigaire has reportedly since disappeared from the village following her public discipline.”
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