Police in Kiira region, on Friday confirmed the arrest of Lydia Mukoda, a teacher at PMM girls secondary school, over suspected involvement and recruitment of students in lesbian activities.
Her arrest was sparked off following a protest by parents and members of the old girls students association, who had earlier on Friday stormed the school in protest of Mukoda’s suspected involvement in lesbian activities.
Some of the parents alleged that Mukoda had abused their children and recruited some into lesbian activities. The parents complained that the school administration has been reluctant to address their concerns.
A press statement by the police said that Mukoda being held at Jinja central police station over involvement in illegal activities and sexual manipulation of minors.
Regional Police Spokesperson James Mubi accusations of recruiting students under her care into homosexuality and lesbian related activities, with some children registering health complications after involvement in the activities have been labeled against Mukoda and detectives have embarked on efforts of investigating the matter.
Mubi further challenged parents to interest themselves in the general wellbeing of their children rather than living them entirely under the care of teachers, some of whom expose them to suspicious activities.
Mukoda has since declined to speak about the matter.
However, the PMM headteacher, Grace Akwang says that she was only recently posted at the school – just two weeks ago – and lacks detailed information pertaining the parents’ past complaints concerning Mukoda’s suspicious behavior.
Akwang notes that, she knows Mukoda at a personal level and she never linked her to any lesbian activities. However, the matter has been handed to police authorities for further enquiries to ascertain the facts of the matter.
On his part Haruna Mulopa, the Jinja city principal education officer says that, the parents have been invited for an urgent meeting on Monday next week, where information concerning Mukoda’s suspicious activities will be relayed directly to them.
Mulopa hailed parents for their vigilance in defending their children against exposure to homosexuality related activities, but reminded them to always seek redress from responsible offices rather than staging protests, which he says taint the school’s image.