Ndikuyezi Ramathan, a prominent estate and fuel dealer in Kisoro district, has been charged with Aggravated Defilement and procurement of Abortion against a 17-year-old female S.3 student at one of the schools in Kisoro district.
The Directorate of CID is actively investigating an alleged case of Aggravated Defilement and procurement of Abortion, against a 17-year-old female S.3 student, in one of the schools in Kisoro district, by Ndikuyezi Ramathan, a prominent Estate and fuel dealer in Kisoro district.
According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, facts gathered indicate that during the COVID lockdown, the victim approached the suspect for a job at his petrol station but the suspect instead promised her a job in his estate business.
Enanga said it is during this time that the businessman got the chance and started a love affair with the girl until April 2022, when the victim realized she was pregnant and tried to abort secretly, with the help of a medical person in Kisoro.
“Due to much fear for her parents, the victim left for Kampala and got a job as a maid at Musawo’s in Bukasa. She however, developed complications and was rushed to Quatum Medical Facility, where it was established that the fetus was still stuck in her womb. The victim was transferred to Nsambya Hospital for better treatment,” Enanga said.
He said the matter since then gained attention in Kisoro and Kigezi region although the victim continues to claim she is 19 yet her parents claim she is two years younger.
Enanga however, said the matter is being treated as a priority in a bid to ensure that the rights of the victim are protected.
“What she has endured is painful and our team of counsellors is handling her with sensitivity and respect. Enanga also commended the girl’s parents for the courage they took to report the matter to the police given the fact that the suspect is a prominent businessman who wields power and influence in Kisoro.
“It will lead other victimized parents to stand-up to abusers, who victimize their children. We applaud the officers from the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Department, CID KMP and Kisoro Territorial Police for taking aggressive action to thoroughly investigate the disturbing allegations. They are pursuing all venues, including DNA and other scientific tests against the samples taken from the suspect and the victim.”
“Therefore, let the publics in Kigezi Region, not rush to judgement, until the DPP gives her legal opinion. Obviously if the charges are suctioned expect us to charge the suspect to court immediately for Human trafficking, Aggravated Defilement and Procuring an abortion,” Enanga added.