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Doctor Testifies In ‘Dildo Girls’ Case

A witness from the Ga South Municipal Hospital yesterday took his turn to testify in the case in which Queenie Akuffo, a 26-year-old lady, is being tried for allegedly sexually assaulting her co-tenant with a vibrator.

According to Mary Mills, a Physician Assistant at the health facility, the 22-year-old victim, Janet Amankwah, was rushed to the hospital talking to herself and complaining of lower abdominal pains.

She said Janet had said that she was given an alcoholic beverage by a woman who later inserted a vibrating dummy into her vagina.

The court, presided over by Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, further heard in the evidence of Mary, led by Detective Inspector Judith B. Asante, that there was no bleeding from the vagina of the victim, neither was there signs of fever.

Ms Mary Mills noted that Janet rather suffered from anxiety disorder due to the manhandling.

The witness stated that she was not the only person who took care of Janet and that the victim was referred for counseling and consultation with a gynecologist.

Hearing of the case has been adjourned until October 4, 2016 for Andrew Vortia, lawyer for Queenie, to cross-examine the witness.

Meanwhile, Queenie has denied the charge and is currently admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢40,000 with three sureties.

The Act

Queenie allegedly committed the act at about 6pm on January 25, this year, at Ablekuma in Accra where both of them reside.

According to the prosecution, Queenie asked other witnesses around to leave the house and she locked her bedroom, but a 13-year-old witness went to peep through her (Queenie’s) window and saw her (Queenie) inserting the artificial male organ into the victim’s private part.

The victim’s brother, one Nana Sasu, reportedly saw the act and alerted her mother (the complainant).

They rushed to the aid of Janet and saw her lying naked in Queenie’s bedroom with vomit all over her body.

The artificial organ was found on top of Queenie’s wardrobe while a video recording of the act was also found on her Infinix mobile phone.

Queenie, in her caution statement to the police, admitted the offence.


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Educated women are sexually less attractive, so let's stop that nonsense of sending every girl to school.


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Few death sentences come with challenges for Prisons

‘I employ one executioner and two assistants, and the equipment they use is fully functional. These people keep checking on me to find out when there will be work for them’ - Byabashaija

When the High Court sentenced Brian Sajjabi and Mellon Nabaasa to 50 years in prison each for the 2010 murder of 18 month-old baby boy, Khan Kakama, there was a plausible pause in breath. Their accomplice, Gordon Tumusiime, 26, received a 60-year jail sentence after pleading guilty during an earlier court session.

As Justice Faith Mwondha read the sentence, some must have been trying to figure out when the convicts would next walk to freedom. Unless they receive a presidential pardon or remission on their sentences, Sajjabi and Nabaasa will stay in prison for at least 30 years. Prior to this, businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi had gotten a life sentence for the ritual murder of 12 year-old Joseph Kasirye, a pupil of Kayugi Primary School in Mukungwe sub-county, Masaka district, on October 2008.

The Supreme Court recently clarified that life imprisonment means that the convict will stay in prison for the rest of their life. Until a Supreme Court ruling in 2009, murder in Uganda was punishable by death by hanging upon conviction. However, following a petition by one Susan Kigula and 417 others, the Supreme Court decided in 2009 that judges can use their discretion and sentence murder convicts to life imprisonment or death.

The Supreme Court further ruled that where a convict on death row has not been hanged after three years of exhausting the appeal process, the sentence is automatically commuted to life. Presiding over an event to mark the call to end the death penalty at the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative offices in Nsambya recently, Justice Lameck Mukasa explained why judges have since been reluctant to send convicts to the gallows.

“The [prevailing] view of the judiciary is that the death penalty should be the rarest of rare cases,” he said.

Justice Mukasa argued, “Can the dead indeed suffer punishment? The purpose of punishments is to rehabilitate the offender, act as a deterrent to potential offenders and bring justice to the victim or, as with murder, the victim’s bereaved family.”

Indeed in the last three years, only Justice Rugadya Atwooki has passed a death sentence — to Tom Nkurungira for the murder of Brenda Karamuzi in 2011. Nkurungira is appealing against the sentence. Mukasa also admitted that the judiciary has had challenges since the Supreme Court ruling in the Kigula case and resorted to lengthy sentences as a deterrent punishment.

“Our hope is that the public sees these sentences as overwhelming,” he said.

But the prisons system appears to be overwhelmed by the lengthy sentences. According to the Prisons Commissioner General, Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the matter has left authorities wondering how to cope with the extended stay of convicts.

“You know me as an anti-death penalty advocate but in doing this we had not anticipated the lengthy sentences, so we are now appealing to Parliament to consider a parole system, otherwise many of these people will stay with us for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Byabashaija was indeed one of the people and groups that signed affidavits in favour of ending the death penalty in the Kigula case. He says there are 401 males and 31 females on death row in Ugandan prisons today. He has not received a signed death warrant to execute any of them for 13 years.

“I employ one executioner and two assistants, and the equipment they use is fully functional. These people keep checking on me to find out when there will be work for them,” Byabashaija said.

The European Union, which has supported the campaign to end the death penalty over the last 10 years, says they are pleased that their efforts in Uganda are setting the pace for Kenya. According to Roberto Ridolfi, the EU head of delegation in Uganda, Kenya is following the sentencing guidelines set by Uganda in its move to end the death penalty.

“We invite Uganda to declare a moratorium on death sentences, even if there is one in essence. Uganda should also sign on the declaration expected before the UN in November,” he advised.


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Restore freedom: No taxes on alcohol and nicotine. When feminism cripples male sexuality, there must be something else that feels good before we die anyway.


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Kenyan scientist says HIV cure will come from Africa

His passion lies in finding lasting home-grown solutions to HIV and Aids and tuberculosis, the conditions that largely affect sub-Saharan Africans.

For two decades, professor Thumbi Ndung'u has dedicated his life to understanding how the immune system fights off HIV and tuberculosis, and he is optimistic that the knowledge he has will lead to the elimination of the two health conditions.

He vows not to rest until he finds a solution.

As World Aids Day is marked on Tuesday, December 1, with the campaign focusing on zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero HIV and Aids-related deaths, this South Africa-based Kenyan professor is working towards finding a vaccine or cure for HIV and Aids.

A renown scientist both in and out of Africa, professor Ndung'u is celebrated for creating the first infectious molecular clone for HIV-1 subtype C, the strain that is largely responsible for the HIV and Aids epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa which has more than half — 56 per cent — of all infections in the world.

He admits that developing an infectious clone was difficult and to explain the cloning concept, he gives the analogy of a cassette recording of the entire genetic information of the human immunodeficiency virus.

"Every time you need to use the virus in a well-controlled experiment in the laboratory, you can then get that infectious molecular clone and put it in a cell to make copies of it," he explained during an exclusive interview with Sunday Magazine.

Prof Ndung'u is an investigator at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) and a full professor at the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine which is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Upon completing his doctorate in 2001 at Harvard University where he studied virology, he took up a post-doctoral position at the same institution working on an HIV vaccine.

Four years later, in 2005, professor Ndung'u accepted an offer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as scientific director of the HIV Pathogenesis Programme.

He focuses on individuals in the earliest stages of infection and leads a team that studies immune responses against HIV in blood samples of newly infected patients in the KwaZulu-Natal area.

In his research, he isolates the virus, and tracks its evolution to understand why it eventually overwhelms the immune system.

He believes this will inform him and the team on how a HIV vaccine would work.

When should we expect the HIV vaccine?

He admits that this is a frequently asked question when he discusses his work.

Whereas he does not know when it should be expected due to the ability of the virus to change itself (mutate) and hide in non-replicating cells, he is optimistic that the dynamic team he leads will deliver the vaccine or contribute significantly to its development.

Professor Ndung'u believes that working in Africa, among the population that is mostly affected by both TB and HIV and Aids, presents the perfect research opportunity to study the conditions in the affected persons and also contribute to the public health challenges they pose.

"We hope to move from a theoretical to practical understanding of the immune response," he says.

As a career scientist, his ultimate goal is to reduce human suffering caused by these two diseases that are the leading causes of illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa.

His first interaction with investigating viruses was during his undergraduate studies. He was working under the tutelage of Professor George Kinoti who was investigating a parasitic worm known as schistosomiasis (bilharzia).

That is how a research seed was sowed in him, and it grew when he won a scholarship to Harvard to pursue a doctorate in biological sciences.


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The purpose of feminism is to destroy male sexuality. It's either you or them. Hope you get that message.


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