The Uganda Police has rubbished social media allegations claiming that one of their officers in Busia allegedly had sexual intercourse with a COVID-19 positive patient in an isolation centre.
“We would like the public to disregard the allegations on social media that the Busia Police officer who was caught in a sexual act at a quarantine centre was Ugandan,” a statement from the police reads in part.
“The incident happened at Agricultural Training College, Busia county in Kenya. This college is used as a quarantine centre in Kenya and the Police officer was deployed there,” the police noted.
On Friday, July 17, social media was awash with reports from different news tabloids reporting that a Ugandan middle-aged police officer had been arrested and quarantined after he was caught having sex with a female COVID-19 patient quarantined at the Agricultural Training Centre (ATC) in Busia.
According to the social media reports, one of the prison warders manning the facility, identified as Police Constable Emmanuel Ng’etich, began engaging a COVID-19 patient in a conversation. Another prison warder, Police Constable Jeff Obondo, who was puzzled by Ng’etich’s actions, went to the guardroom, where he informed his colleagues about what Ng’etich was doing.
“All the officers [thereafter] went to check what was happening. However, they did not find Ng’etich and the COVID-19 patient. [As a result], they became suspicious and started looking around. Several minutes past 10pm, they heard noise and commotion emanating from the women’s ward,” says a police report filed at the Busia Police Station.
“The police officers rushed there and found all the female patients outside, complaining that Police Constable Ng’etich was raping the lady [she had earlier struck a conversation with].” the statement adds.
Authorities say when they went into the woman’s room, they found her and Ng’etich naked in bed.
One of the women quarantined at the facility, however, told police that the said-COVID-19 patient had consented to sexual intercourse with Police Constable Ng’etich, but only changed her narrative when she learnt that the other female COVID-19 patients in the ward had known what she and the cop were doing.
Police Constable Ng’etich has since been arrested and quarantined at the same facility. His firearm was confiscated by senior officers from the Busia GK Prison.
The officers samples have also been taken for coronavirus testing.