Masaka Court Summons Doctor to Testify in Mutilated Baby Case

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Masaka court has summoned a Masaka referral hospital doctor to appear before court and testify in a case of a woman who is accused of mutilating the private parts of her then 3 weeks old step daughter.

A Masaka court has summoned a Masaka referral hospital doctor to appear before court and testify in a case of a woman who is accused of mutilating the private parts of her then 3 weeks old step daughter.
 
Masaka Chief Magistrate Mary Ikit has issued witness summons to Dr. Kalevu, a health worker at Masaka referral hospital. Dr. Kalevu is one of the key witnesses in this case.
 
The mother of the victim Lydia Namaganda, told court that Dr. Kalevu who first examined the minor after the incident was busy other court sessions where he was also testifying in other cases and he could not manage to appear in trial court.
 
This prompted prosecution led by James Opedun to ask the trial magistrate Ikit to issue summons to Dr Kalevu so that he can appear in court the next court sitting and testify. 
 
The magistrate agreed with prosecution and issued witness summons to Dr Kalevu ordering him to appear before court on 8th June 2014 the date on which the case was adjourned to for further hearing. 
 
Namaganda says that her baby’s development has been greatly affected by the mutilation. She says that though her baby is now 8 months and she is supposed to be walking she has not even started sitting or even crawling because the operations she has undergone retard her development.
 
The latest operation the minor has undergone was at the beginning of this month to repair damage and prevent passage of blood in urine. In an earlier operation, doctors removed the girl's raptured uterus.
 
Records before court indicate that on September 21, 2013, Stella Namuwonge (33) went to the home of her co-wife Lydia Namaganda and abused the child. Namagana is a resident in Mukudde zone, Nyendo -Ssenyange division, Masaka district.
 
Namuwonge inflicted cuts with the use of a razor blade on the minor's legs before inserting broken pieces of razor blade into her private parts.
 
The case was adjourned to 8th June when Dr Kalevu is expected to testify as Namuwonge was further remanded.