Rwanda: Prosecution Calls for Quick Alert on Rape, Defilement Suspects

 

Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana (Right) Gender Minister Esperance Nyirasafari and RIB Secretary General Col. Jeannot Ruhunga during the talk show on State Television on Sunday.

Rwanda’s Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana says everyone’s will to provide quick information is the only solution that will uproot alarming issues of defilement, rape and unwanted pregnancies among girls.

Not even a day goes by without a man apprehended for suspected cases above.

For instance, a survey conducted between the months of July and September last year in the Western Province revealed a rise in teenage pregnancies with an average of 25 girls being impregnated every day.

The survey which was conducted by CLADHO – an umbrella of 12 human rights civil society organisations showed that a total of 2,233 school girls in western province were found pregnant.

In far East, Ngoma district, more than 700 girls were reported pregnant that same year. Most vulnerable among them were adolescent girls between 11 and 18 years.

Appearing on State Television on Sunday, September 23, Prosecutor General Mutangana reminded Rwandans especially parents that it’s high time they lend a tangible helping hand in prosecuting suspects.

“Parents should start providing quick information regarding these suspects,” Mutangana said during “Duhane ijambo” – a talk show on Rwanda Television.

Also appearing on the talk show were Gender and Family Promotion Minister Esperance Nyirasafari and Rwanda Investigation Bureau(RIB) Secretary General Col. Jeannot Ruhunga.

Minister Nyirasafari sent a strong warning that: “It’s a taboo to engage a young girl below 18 years in sexual intercourse.”

She warned local leaders over complacency in speeding up the process to handle cases of Gender based violence.




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