Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier has been accused of assaulting a pregnant woman in Apac district for denying him sex.
The victim Winny Awino, 18, a resident of Abongo-Okere Village, Tarogali Parish in Ibuje Sub-county, was allegedly beaten by a soldier after she denied him sex.
Awino who is currently fighting for her life at Apac hospital told Uganda Radio Network that the incident happened at Maruzi Ranch last week.
Dozens of soldiers were carrying out a patrol at Maruzi Ranch in Ibuje Sub-county on August 5.
The suspect is among soldiers currently providing security to a company dealing in palm oil at the government ranch.
“This hungry soldier left his colleagues and started chasing us up to home. My friend then locked herself in the house but unfortunately he rounded me up and started demanding for sex,” Awino told URN.
She added: “The soldier even threatened to shoot me with a gun if I denied him sex. When I declined his sexual advances, the soldier then beat me up.”
The soldier later took off when he saw some people coming towards Awino’s home.
UPDF 5th Division spokesperson, Lt Hassan Ahamed Kato, told URN the suspect was arrested and placed under safe custody pending investigations.
Moses Ekudot, Apac District police commander, said a case of attempted rape has been registered against the officer.