Suspected Ugandan gay who raped friend on Eid day released on bond

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A Ugandan man is seen during LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Aug. 9, 2014. COURTESY PHOTO

Mukono, Uganda | URN | Moses Kasiita who is accused of sexually assaulting another man on Eid day has been released on police bond after spending 13 days in custody.

Kasiita, a resident of Ntaawo, Mukono district was arrested on April 22, 2023 on allegations of raping Isma Kaweesa, 25, also a resident at Ntawo on Eid night.

A week before Eid day, Kaweesa left his home following a disagreement with his wife and started staying at Kasiita’s place, whom he treated as a friend and owed much respect as a father figure.

The two went out to enjoy some beers in a bar on Eid evening and returned home before midnight. Kasiita requested Kaweesa to sleep on his bed since it was already prepared, and after drinking a glass of juice and eating a banana, Kaweesa immediately lost consciousness and only regained it the following day at around 11 am.

Although he remembers sleeping in his pants, he reportedly woke up naked, feeling pain in the anal area, and started failing to control his poop.

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A medical review at Mukono General hospital confirmed that Kaweesa had been sexually assaulted and a doctor advised him to report to the police for further medical examination and investigations. The medical form written by the doctor at Mukono hospital indicates that the victim was put on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) after he claimed that the suspect was HIV positive.

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The investigating officer informed Kaweesa that the state attorney advised them to visit the scene of the crime, but they lacked transport to do so. Kaweesa is worried that the case may be bungled up and he may miss out on justice.

President Museveni recently returned to Parliament for review of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023 which criminalizes such acts.