Ugandan Pastor Accused of Defiling Refugees

African News Dimension [South Africa]
July 28, 2006

A pastor of a pentecostal church in Moyo district, Uganda is on the run over allegations that he defiled 12 refugee children.

Moses Lodiyo, a teacher at Lema Primary School in a Sudanese refugee settlement, is alleged to have seduced his pupils with gifts. The biggest population of the school are Sudanese refugees whose families fled southern Sudan over insecurity.

"A shocking report was made at the Moyo police station recently implicating Lodiyo in sexual abuse of 12 girls at Lema Primary," the north-western regional police commander, Francis Makmot-Okello told journalists on Wednesday 26 July 2006. Makmot-Okello said the pastor used to reportedly demand for sex from his victims in exchange for scholastic materials.

"His method of work was very bad," Makmot-Okello said. "His conduct has been really criminal and a crime against humanity because he specialised in victimising dispirited refugee children," he said. He said although Lodiyo had fled to Sudan, the Ugandan security officials would liaise with their Sudanese counterparts to arrest and have him prosecuted. "I call upon our citizens to be alert particularly with these kinds of pastors who molest children. This is a shocking crime," Makmot-Okello said. Meanwhile police are hunting a man suspected to have masqueraded as a cattle keeper and stole 148 animals from residents of Angala-Ayira village in Nyaravur sub-county of Nebbi district. Makmot-Okello identified the suspect as James Rutasire.


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