Former Kalangala District Boss Denies Concealing Abuses by German Pedophile

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Daniel Kikoola, the Former Kalangala District Chairman tells Uganda Radio Network that such allegations against Glaser are unknown to him since no child ever brought the matter to his attention.

Daniel Kikoola, the former Kalangala district Chairman who is accused of covering up sex abuses allegedly committed by Bernhard Glaser Bery, a German National has broken the silence saying the matter has never been brought to his attention

Glaser, the director of Ssese Humanitarian Service, an NGO located in Mwena landing site in Kalangala district was on Wednesday remanded to Masaka Central Prison for alleged aggravated defilement.

On November 30th, 2013; Police operatives from the Special Investigations Unit Kampala raided the organization and arrested Glaser. after 2 of his 21 children accused him of sexual abuse. Prosecution alleges that he has been defiling the children since 2007. During the operation, police recovered a dildo and lubricants that Glaser allegedly applied to the victims before defiling them.

It is alleged that although the children initially reported the abuses to Daniel Kikoola, he ignored their pleas and did not take up any investigations.  As a result, parents and child rights activists accuse Kikoola of covering up the alleged sex abuses.

Kikoola however tells Uganda Radio Network in an exclusive interview that such allegations against Glaser are unknown to him since no child ever brought the matter to his attention.

He instead accuses the Kalangala community of wrongly judging him because he has not been closely working with Glaser even though Glaser appointed him Board chairman for his organization.

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Kikoola adds that Glaser’s arrest and the subsequent closure of his organization will have a negative impact on poor parents in Kalangala since their children who were hitherto under Glaser’s custody will drop out of school because their parents cannot afford their fees.

Kikoola has also asked police to return all the 21 children back to their parents.

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Aaron Tulibagenyi, the southern regional Community Liaisons officer, says he was not sure where the victims were but said he was sure they are safely protected by police in Kampala.
He says that police recently launched a screening exercise for all child care organization around the region to stem abuses.

On Wednesday, Glaser was denied bail and returned to Masaka Central Prison despite his reported worsening health condition. 


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.