Ugandan Transvestite Jailed in Sudan

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Amaroma, a resident of Adjumani district, appeared before Justice Lado Erminio Simkot in Eastern Equatorial state capital-Torit of South Sudan on Monday.

18-year-old Akello Peace Amaroma, a Ugandan transvestite is to spend the next six months in jail in South Sudan after he was convicted for various offenses including impersonating a woman. Amaroma, a resident of Adjumani district, appeared before Justice Lado Erminio Simkot in Eastern Equatoria state capital-Torit on Monday. Justice Lado Erminio Simkot found Amaroma guilty of illegal entry into South Sudan, wearing female clothes and lack of an immigration visa. In his ruling justiceLado Erminio Simkot convicted Amaroma to six months in jail in addition to paying a fine of 1000 South Sudanese pound and deportation from the country after serving his jail term.

There was a drama in courtroom after the judge asked Amaroma to strip off female clothes and put on a pair of trousers and shirt. The suspect burst into tears forcing the judge to reverse the order. Justice Lado Erminio Simkot also recommended special consideration for Amaroma in jail considering his biological complexity.  Details of the case are that Amaroma was arrested at the border town of Nimule payam in Magwi County of Eastern Equatoria state on April 6th while dressed in female clothes. Amaroma allegedly pretented to be a woman to secure a job as a waitress at a restaurant. 

Amaroma claims that she changed her name to Akello in remembrance of his twin sister who passed way at infancy. He claims that after the death of her sister she started admiring dresses and women lifestyle. Akello, who speaks like a woman, wears ear rings, paints his toes and finger nails. Maj. General Henry Danima, the Eastern Equatoria state police Commissioner says that they had initially suspectedAmaroma to be a homosexual. He condemns his act of impersonating a woman saying it is criminal in south Sudan.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.