The State minister of Ethics and Integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo has called for the immediate arrest, punishment and deportation of the Pakistan nationals that allegedly gang raped and sodomised a 23-year-old woman last week.
Meeting with the Consul of Pakistan in Uganda Dr. Boney Katatumba at his ministry offices, Lokodo also echoed government’s unwillingness to host non Ugandans who engage in what he described as inhuman acts.
The minister’s concerns follow the arrest of two suspected Pakistan rapists Wakas Mohamed and Mohamed Swahbaz.
The two along with three others only identified as Muhammad Zahiru, Sadiq and Mzee Younger still on the run all workers of YUASA car bond allegedly gang raped and sodomised a woman identified as Zainab Mbabazi.
According to Minister Lokodo, Ugandan citizens enjoy sovereignty given to them by God and attempts by non-Ugandans to deprive Ugandans of their rights should be brought to question and face the verdict as per the laws of Uganda demand.
He also said that the three suspects who are hiding should be tracked and arrested to face the charges and be expelled as soon as possible.
Dr. Katatumba said the government of Pakistan condemns the crimes committed by the Pakistan nationals adding that much as he signs their letters to work in Uganda, there are many who enter the country illegally by subverting the system.
He said that of the five suspects, only one (Ahmad Shahbaz) is registered with his office and the rest are illegally in the country.
He called for their immediate arrest and punishment as per the country’s laws.
According to him, others acquire visitors’ visas and eventually end up working in Uganda without his knowledge as consulate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan charged with registering Pakistan nationals in Uganda.
He says regarding the crimes these people commit thereafter, he has no control.
He however says the government of Pakistan is enjoying transacting business and investing in Uganda and now ranked number six from the 18th position it held 10 years ago.
But, Kampala metropolitan spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi says police is considering engaging Interpol to search for the other three suspects should it be discovered that they have left the country.
He also says as soon as the raped woman recovers, police is to use the phone calls that have been made to her, with others intimidating her in its further investigations.
Dr. Katatumba says about 4500 Pakistan nationals are in Uganda but, only 3000 of them are registered.
He says while they are all required to give details of the origin, the jobs they are doing and where they stay; women shun the exercise.