LC Chairman Jailed For Raping Neighbour's Wife

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Raphael Longole, the chairman of Nakulony village, Namalu Sub County raped his neighbours wife on the night of March,28, 2014.

A local council one chairman has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment by the High Court sitting in Moroto for raping a neighbours' wife in Nakapiripirit district.

Raphael Longole, the chairman of Nakulony village, Namalu Sub County raped one Iriama Agnes on the night of March 28, 2014. The victim is a housewife to Lobur Abol a resident of Awoyalira village, Loperoto parish in Namalu Sub County.

Prosecution told court that the accused, in pretense that he was drunk, reportedly woke up slightly after midnight and tiptoed to the victims' bed. He undressed himself and went ahead to have sexual intercourse with the victim.

However, when Longok realized the style was unusual, she woke up and held the rapist by the neck. She made the alarm that attracted other neighbours.

Her husband later reported the matter to police.

Court also heard that Longok had a miscarriage as a result of the rape incident.

Longole pleaded for leniency saying he had 11 children to look after.

In her ruling, Justice Henrietta Wolayo said the Chairperson who is also the leader of the people acted irresponsibly and malicious adding such people required a deterrent sentence.

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About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.