The Territorial Police in Kiira and Jinja City have in custody 6 suspects, who form part of a criminal sexual network, actively involved in the grooming of young boys into acts of sodomy, recruiting of male adults into gay practices, recording of pornographic and sex videos of children and other unnatural sex practices. The suspects who were arrested from Mpumudde zone, in Jinja City include; Kalungi Fabian, a 23 year old, Peer educator and resident of Namungoma cell, Kasubi division, in Kampala, Kiiza Brian alias Chosen Muwera a 23 year old, peer educator of Wabulenga “A” cell, Jinja Northern Division, in Jinja City; Menya Sadat alias Sheebah, a 26 year old, peer educator of Mbiko in Buikwe district, Ibanda Geoffrey, a 29 year old, Director, of Peace and comfort based organization and resident of Mpumudde cell in Jinja City; Katumba Hamuza a student counselor from Nansana cell, in Wakiso district and Wasajja Shafic, a 24 year old, peer educator at Alive Medical Services in Namungona, and a resident of Kulekana cell in Makindye division, Kampala.
Upon search at the home of Ibanda Geoffrey and Kiiza Brian, Tangible exhibits were recovered which included; 192 Sackets of Lubricants, shirts and stags with LGBTQ Logos, metallic banner of peace and comfort with LGBTQ flag. It was established that members of the criminal sex gang recorded sex videos and also streamed live sessions, which they submitted to LGBTQ donors for funding of their activities. The 6 suspects were examined and some found to be HIV positive. More medical tests are being carried out. Efforts are in place to trace for their victims, who are silent and in hiding.
We are continuing to get concerns of several criminal sexual networks that are actively involved in sex trafficking of minors and teenage boys, who are recruited into acts of sodomy and other unnatural practices in Busoga region, Wakiso and Kampala area.
The major grooming methods are the boyfriend model, where victims are introduced to a boy or manfriend, and groomed. As well as the so-called party model, where the victims are targeted by groups of men, who lure them into gatherings, sex parties with offers of money, and gifts as well as drinks and drugs.
These acts of sex trafficking of male juvenile is heinous and disturbing crime, which calls upon every Ugandan, to concert efforts in fighting it. Our inquiries are being extended beyond the 6 suspects, with a wider scope of safeguarding the public and any other victims of child sexual exploitation.
We are meanwhile, seeking more information regarding residential locations in neighborhoods, where acts of sexual trafficking and other unusual activities are taking place and encourages the public to report to the Police National Operations Command Centre on telephone contacts 0707-600773, 0776999136 or toll-free number 0800199699. Information is treated with confidence.
The arrest and aggressive pursuit of the sex gang members, their sponsors, is still active and ongoing.
SCP Enanga Fred
20th March 2023