The Territorial Police in Busoga North and Namayingo currently hold a man of Kenyan origin in custody, following a disturbing case of child torture. The accused, Okato Johnson Rapando, allegedly subjected his six-year-old son, Rapando Emmanuel, to severe physical abuse.
Rapando, who has lived in Butahandu village, Namayingo district, with his wife and son for the past five years, was recorded on camera brutally torturing his young child. The distressing images, which quickly went viral, depict the father tying his son’s hands and feet with four ropes and securing him against two trees or poles. He then used a stick to severely beat the child.
Upon receiving information about the incident, area Chairman Bwire Nelcko promptly intervened, rescuing the young victim. The police were alerted and transported the child to Oklings clinic in Mukorobi Trading Centre for immediate medical attention. Rapando was subsequently arrested and remains in custody pending further investigation.
Scene investigators recovered several exhibits, including broken sticks, a machete, and two ropes, corroborating the torture allegations.
This shocking incident underlines the persisting issue of child abuse in the region. Many parents continue to resort to violent punishments as a means of disciplining their children, viewing them as possessions rather than individuals with rights. This behaviour is not only dangerous but also illegal.
As investigations continue, the community is left grappling with the horrifying reality of child abuse in their midst. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the need to protect the most vulnerable members of society and to report any suspected cases of child abuse promptly.
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