Teacher arraigned for raping a student

POLICE Force in Kagera Region is investigating an incident where a teacher is alleged to have raped a student in Muleba District.

Kagera Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) William Mpaghale said that the incident occurred recently at Kagondo Village, in Muleba District’s Muhutwe Ward.

However, the RPC did not disclose the name of   the suspect as investigations are still underway.

“The suspect has already been arraigned before Muleba District Magistrate’s court to answer the charge,” he said.

Meanwhile, a teacher with Bubare Secondary School in Missenyi District, Bashiru Ali (32), was recently convicted of raping and impregnating a Form Two   girl student and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.

Prosecuting State Attorney Nehemia John told the court during the hearing of the case that the convict committed the offence in November, last year.

He told the court that Ali raped the girl (name withheld), who was aged 16 years old, a Form Two student at Bubare Secondary School and impregnated her.

He prayed for a deterrent sentence contending that the offence denied the victim the right to education.

Empowering girls is a right move in ensuring equality in life, given the fact that for many decades’ boys have been given priority in many areas, such as education and they perform few domestic chores.

One of the means to empower girls is to ensure that   they are kept in school and get quality education like boys. This is a basis for development, so it should be exercised by leaders at all levels, from hamlets to national level.

People should use their voices to keep girls in school. When girls stay in school and finish secondary education, a lot of good things happen to them and their families. They enjoy better health and can take care of themselves and their children in future. They live longer, marry later, earn higher wages, and are more active participants in community life.

Tanzania had not been exceptional in this situation, as many girls were missing studies, kept at home and married in early ages.  Leaders and community members at large should engage in encouraging and supporting girls to get quality education and avoid early pregnancies and marriages.

An example has already been shown by President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan in empowering girls, and behold, her zeal is gathering pace. President Samia’s determination to empower girls with quality education is taking a new shape following speedy construction of girls’ schools in various parts of the country.

The government is currently implementing a programme that involves construction of 26 secondary schools for girls across the country, aimed at equipping the group with quality education.

A total of 30bn/- was approved by President Samia for construction of the government-owned girls’ schools in 10 regions. The regions are Ruvuma, Dar es Salaam, Lindi, Kagera, Songwe, Singida, Coast, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Njombe.

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