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School headteacher expelled for defiling pupils

Mr Justus Mweru Masaaba, a head teacher of St Charles  Lwanga Kirugaruga Primary School was expelled over defilement. (FILE PHOTO)

WAKISO– As Parliament continues with the probe into sexual harassment allegations in schools, residents of Kirugaruga village in Kakiri Sub County in Wakiso District have expelled the head of St Charles  Lwanga Kirugaruga Primary School over defilement claims.

Mr Justus Mweru Masaaba was also expelled from their village after several residents accused him of defiling a number of girls in his school and the community.

Residents also rejected pleas by Fred Nyombi, the Magogo Parish Chairperson who chaired the meeting not to decide on the matter, saying it was still under investigations.

Residents said they could not tolerate the head teacher any longer and vowed to harm him should he dare step on the village.

A one Tafasi Namayoga, pinned Mr  Masaaba on defiling her 14-year-old daughter sending the entire meeting in a sombre mood.

According to Namayoga, she filed a case at Kakiri Police Station leading to Masaaba’s arrest.

He was reportedly detained for a few days and released under unclear circumstances.

Masaaba left the meeting after sensing danger when the residents turned emotional.

Residents locked up the staff quarters where he has been residing and warned to harm should he return to the village.

William Mutashaba, the Wakiso Senior Education Officer, confirmed that they have received several defilement allegations against Masaaba from residents and elders forcing them to interdict him.

Yusuf Ssemujju, Magogo parish councillor accused officers at Kakiri police Station for mismanaging several defilement cases.

Our reporter was unable to get Masaaba’s comments on the allegations levelled against him by the residents.

His whereabouts were unknown by the time of filing this story.

Defilement remains among top criminal cases reported in the country. According to the 2017 police report, 14,985 defilement cases were reported. However, only 4,651 cases were taken to court leading to the conviction of 609 suspects.

20 suspects were acquitted, 318 cases dismissed while 3,704 cases are still pending in court.

 

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