Mr Joseph Collins Twahirwa, accused of raping Ms Saulite Anda, in the dock at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court on January 18, 2023. PHOTO/ ABUBAKER LUBOWA
Lady in Latvian tourist rape saga fears for her life
A woman, who claims she helped a Latvian national break the silence
about her sexual abuse at the hands of a Ugandan pastor, says her life
is in danger.
Ms Sumaya Uwiragiye has had to keep a wine shop and
restaurant she operates at Lukuli Nanganda in Makindye Division under
lock and key after Ms Saulite Anda spoke exclusively to NMG Uganda about
Ms Anda, 36, accused Mr Joseph Collins Twahirwa of raping her during
her first night in Uganda on December 11, 2022. Mr Twahirwa, 28, was
last week remanded into custody at Luzira prison.
Now Ms Uwiragiye, 32, who helped Ms Anda tell her story to NMG Uganda, suspects she is being trailed by Mr Twahirwa’s emissaries.
“There is a man who first helped the lady report the matter at Jinja
Road Police Station. On the day when NTV ran the story, he came to say
the pastor is ready to pay me whatever money I want so as to stop
following that matter because it seems things are getting out of hand,”
Ms Uwiragiye said in an interview on Sunday. She told this publication
that the unidentified man didn’t take no for an answer. On January 15,
she was reportedly trailed by men on two motorcycles. This was as Ms
Uwiragiye returned home with her sister.
“I have been forced to close the restaurant since January 15 because I do not know these people and their intentions,” she revealed, adding, “They can easily kill me. I do not know who they are, but I suspect these are followers of the pastor who are not pleased that he was remanded to prison.”
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