MULEBA District Court Magistrate Lilian Mwambeleke has warned parents who neglect their duty and expose their children to cruelty to expect no mercy.
She gave the warning after convicting Dezire Deus (36) from Mushabago Village of raping his own daughter and sentenced him to 30 years’ imprisonment.
Prosecuting, Police Inspector Peter Ndee told the court during trial that the accused committed the offence on January 19, this year.
He noted that the accused raped his daughter, who was a Standard Seven pupil, twice warning her not to tell her mother.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Mwambeleke has sentenced Farida Athuman (19) from Kibanga Village to three years’ imprisonment after convicting her of deserting her seven-day baby.
Mr Ndee told the court during trial on May 7, this year, at about 7.00pm that the accused abandoned her baby along a road with intention to commit an offence.
The baby was found in agony by passers-by the following morning and was rushed to Kaigara Health Centre. The baby is now taken care of by Catholic nuns at Ntoma Orphanage in Bukoba Rural District.
During interrogation her mother reportedly claimed she had abandoned her baby because people laughed at her and she had no means of taking care of her because she was a single parent.
Before passing the sentence, Magistrate Mwambeleke said the Law of the Child Act, 2009 (Cap 13) stipulated “a child shall have the right to life, dignity, respect, leisure, liberty, health, education and shelter from his parents or guardians”.
“Every parent shall have duties and responsibilities whether imposed by law or otherwise towards his/her child which include the duty to protect the child from neglect, discrimination, violence, abuse, exposure to physical and moral hazards and oppression.”