The Police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has started gathering evidence from secondary students who were allegedly sexually abused by suspended Kibuli Secondary School head teacher Hajj Ali Mugagga with a view to prosecution.
The police action comes as the public awaits formal results of a committee set up by the Ministry of Education to investigate the sex abuse allegations, which Hajj Mugagga denies.
According to CID spokesperson Vincent Ssekate, four girls this week recorded statements at the CID headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala, where they were also subjected to medical tests. The whistleblower also recorded a statement.
Due to endless pressure after an expose of alleged sex scandals that rocked him, Hajj Mugagga at the beginning of this school term handed over office to his deputy, Hajjat Mastulah Nambajjwe Serugo.
This was after an erstwhile investigator — Leonard Ronald Egesa published on social media, scintillating details. According to the dossier, Hajj Mugagga pays school fees for his victims and immediately after completing studies, he marries some of them. He is also accused of turning his residential house in Seeta, Mukono into a brothel, as he carries out his sex escapades especially with young girls. The dossier indicates that the investigators took time to investigate Hajj Mugagga’s conduct, by talking to victims. He is also accused of mismanaging school funds and failure to show accountability on some projects.
A leaked report by the ministry, which was seen by this website last month, recommends that Hajj Mugagga be interdicted to pave way for police investigations and eventual prosecution.
In February State minister for Primary Education Rosemary Seninde warned that Hajj Mugagga’s teaching certificates would be cancelled if he is found guilty.
“The teaching profession has got its own code of ethics, which Mugagga knows very well. Also, if he is found guilty, the parents of the victims have a right to sue him,” she added.
Former students of Kibuli Senior Secondary School have since asked the school management to retire the head teacher over the sexual abuse allegations to protect the image of the school, which they said has been tainted by the allegations.
They also want the school management to adopt a sexual abuse and misconduct policy that all members of staff at the school must adhere to to avoid similar future occurrences.
The school management has since gone to court, demanding that Egesa retracts the allegations which they said are defamatory and meant to tarnish the school image.