Emmanuel Ssebuusi Butebi, father to Mityana Municipality MP, Zaake Mutebi, has regarded as false allegations that he impregnated a minor and infected her with the deadly HIV virus.
He was responding to questions by SoftPower News over documents containing statements attributed to the victim at Wakiso Central Police Station and her father, as well as a medical report from Wakiso Health Centre IV.
The statements have been making rounds on social media, accusing Emmanuel Butebi of being responsible for defiling the girl.
In her statement, the 16-year-old girl says she is a student of Victoria High School in Nansana, and that she met Butebi in November 2017 at the last funeral rites of a father to one of her friends, Ivvone, who introduced Butebi to her as her (Ivvone) uncle.
She narrates that thereafter, Butebi wrote his phone number on a piece of paper and gave her Shs 100,000 to use as airtime to call him back since she never had a phone then.
She says in December 2017 while on school holiday, she traveled again to see Ivvone who told her that Butebi had occasionally asked about her.
Butebi was later called on phone and on arrival, he offered to drive her back home in Wakiso. On their way, the said victim says, he said he was deeply in love with her and that if she accepted to have sex with him, he would buy her all the expensive things she wanted, before planning to meet again days later.
“The next day which was a Sunday, I used Ssemwogere’s phone and called Emmanuel. Emmanuel told me to meet him at Flora Hotel in Wakiso at 2pm. I got to the hotel at 3pm and I found him there. He gave me a Samsung Galaxy phone and he told me he loves me, later we went to the room and has sex and gave me Shs 80,000,” she narrates in a statement. She says the sex was painful.
According to the statement, Butebi would later give her some tablets which he said if swallowed, would protect her from conceiving since he had not used a condom.
The minor claims that after two days, Butebi contacted her on the phone he bought her asking for a meeting in another hotel for sex again.
“He told me to meet him at Platinum hotel in Busega and again we had sex, but this time I didn’t go back home,” she narrates.
“We kept on doing this afterwards and sometimes, we would spend one week together,” she adds.
She says that when she went back to school in 2018 in S4, and being a school policy to test for pregnancy at the start of every new term, she was found positive for pregnancy in March and called her mother to pick her.
In a separate statement, her father says on interrogation, the daughter told them that Butebi was responsible for the pregnancy, prompting him to report to Wakiso Central Police Station on March 15, 2018.
He says the girl was invited on March 18, 2018 and taken to Wakiso Health IV, where further HIV tests turned out positive.
However, while speaking to SoftPower News on phone, Emmanuel Butebi said that he is aware of the accusations against him, but dismissed them, saying they are propagated and circulated by his enemies who seek to tarnish his name.
“Those claims are not true and I have opened a case at Wandegeya Police Station against those people spreading those false accusations,” he said.
“Those people wanted money and when I refused, they are now tarnishing my name,” he added.
Butebi says he is not HIV positive as claimed. He added that even the telephone numbers quoted in the statements are out of reach – but SoftPower News has established that the said phone numbers are available, however the owners could not pick the calls.