Court Sets Friday As Judgement Day For Parents Over FGM

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In short
The parents were last week remanded till Tuesday July 22, later court adjourned to Friday after most of them failed to defend themselves.

Moroto court has set Friday July 25 as a judgement day in the trial of 11 parents remanded recently to Moroto prison accused of aiding their daughters to undergo female genital mutilation.

The parents were last week remanded till Tuesday July 22, later court adjourned to Friday after most of them failed to defend themselves.

However, the parents didn’t object the evidence adduced in court by three state witnesses that lasted for five hours.

The trio included the in charge Tapac police post Charles Okumu, Moses Eseru, a police officer attached to Tapac and detective sergeant at Moroto central police station Alex Baiga. 

 In their submissions, the trio described vividly the plan that led to the arrest of the accused persons and also tendered in the evidence of three stones and three razor blades used for mutilation.
Detective Baiga noted that he reliably learnt that the parents fed their daughters at the surgeons’ home during the mutilation exercise.
However, the 11 accused parents remained dumb but kept chipping in that they were innocent, also failed to pose any question to the state witnesses.

Meanwhile, after a hectic trial- nine out of eleven preferring silence Lockakai Lobul and Loduk Tukei broke their silence. The pair in their defense claimed that they were not at their residences during mutilation of their daughters. Loduk promised to avail four witnesses next Friday but Lobul could not commit himself after denial.

His worship Moses Katorogo Mutazindwa, the presiding chief magistrate adjourned the case to Friday 25th July 2014 to enable Loduk line up his witnesses.
Prosecution insisted that that accused parents aided, coerced or threatened their daughters to go for mutilation contrary to FGM act 2010.

So far, Moroto court has convicted Nakong Nakuwam and Namuton Namon 45, a chief surgeon to jail terms ranging from three to ten and half years respectively. Ends