Nwoya woman insults RDC, sentenced to community service

Court in Nwoya has sentenced a 40-year-old woman, Evelyn Acayo, to a three-month-community service at Anaka General Hospital for insulting the modesty of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Agnes Akello Ebong.

Court heard that on 23 last month while at Pudyek village in Anaka town council, Acayo, a resident of Akako Mission Ward in Anaka Town Council insulted the RDC using obscene language accusing her of arresting her son found operating a video hall defying the presidential directive which is part of the preventive measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Acayo was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) and charged on the first count of insulting the modesty of a woman when she used vulgar language to describe Ms Ebong’s private parts.

In her second count over a similar offence, Acayo was also charged with insulting the modesty of another woman operating a makeshift eating house, Beatrice Aol, in the presence of the customers.

Prosecution told court that the convict “uttered a word or made a sound abusing the duo’s private parts with intent that they hear the said word or sound”.

Appearing before the Nwoya Grade One Magistrate, Susan Anyeko, today (Thursday), July 1, 2021, Acayo pleaded guilty to both counts adding that she was willing to serve the sentences and requested for forgiveness.

“It’s true I insulted the RDC and another woman Aol out of anger because this has not been the first time my son is being arrested by the District Covid-19 Taskforce over the same and I am willing to serve the sentence. I also pray if the court can forgive me for the action, then I will dearly appreciate that. I admit that I truly wronged the complainants” Acayo pleaded guilty. 

In her verdict, the magistrate said since Acayo had no past criminal record and pleaded guilty to the charges and asked court for forgiveness – a sign that she was remorseful she, thus, sentenced her to three months of community service at Anaka General Hospital.

Ms Anyeko, accordingly cautioned women from uttering vulgar words to their fellow women since they are regarded as the most disciplined people that are required to live a moral life.

The convict will be working for two hours from Monday to Friday for three months and in case of default, she will then be subjected to six months imprisonment, according to the magistrate.

“She will be under a close watch from the hospital administration and any attempt to default, we shall imprison her for six months” said Ms Anyeko.

The law

Section 128 (3) of the Penal Code Act stipulates that any person who insults the modesty of any woman or girl commits a misdemeanor and is liable to imprisonment for one year.


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