41-year-old woman gang-raped to death, 22 arrested

POLICE in Uganda have arrested 22 men following a gang-rape incident of a 41-year-old woman, which led into her death.

The incident happened on Monday night in a neighborhood known as ‘Peru’ in Walukuba-Masese Ward.

James Mubi, the regional police spokesperson, confirmed the incident and identified the victim as Susan Malemu, whose body was taken to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for an autopsy.

He, however, said out of the 22 suspects in custody, only two were linked to the crime.

“Twenty are going to be charged with the possession of illicit drugs, while two will face murder and rape charges,” he said.

Relatives of the deceased collect her body from Jinja Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary on Tuesday. 

“This operation was carried out through community policing following concerns of an increase in crimes like house break-ins, rape and snatching of women’s bags among others,” he explained.

In retaliation, residents on Tuesday morning torched the house of one of their own who reportedly offered a room to the suspects that used to rape their victim, after which they fled the scene.

Michael Opio, a neighbour to the deceased, on Tuesday told the Uganda Monitor that prior to the crime, the victim was in the company of men and boys in a local bar.

“We cannot blame her but the local leaders in the area who have failed to regulate some of the President’s directives, including operating bars,” Opio said.

He challenged the authorities to swing into action by closing all illegally- operating bars which he said house drug dealers and gamblers who break into people’s houses. □

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