By Gloria Lalam
The recent decision by High Court in Gulu to overturn a ruling in which Sylvia Kyomuhangi was condemned to prison for injecting a baby with HIV infected blood has generated debate among the victim’s family.
The mother of the six month old baby boy alleged to have been pricked with HIV blood is not satisfied with the ruling made by the Gulu High court, court of Appeal.
The Court of Apeal presided by Justice Stephen Mubiru ruled on Thursday 29, that the evidence surrounding the case was full of influential evidences and the two years period sentence summoned to Slyvia Komuhangi was withdrawn and Komuhangi was set free.
This did not go well with Eunice Akot Evelyn mother of the baby a resident of Gang dyang village, Kitgum Municipality.
” I am not happy with the ruling, I didnt hear anything in the High Court. About Sylvia’s kitenge, they took it to Kampala Analytical Laboratory from where it was found to have her blood stains but here in court there was no mention of the findings” She said
Slyvia Komuhangi 32 years rejoiced after she was released after 9 months in custody far away from home.
“It was my first experience, I just came to Kitgum for a tour. We spent a night in a friend’s home. After coming back from Kidepo National Park, we found LC’s waiting for us that we had a case to answer at police. We had to go and we were arrested there and then.” she recounted on her arrest.
The Lawyer of Komuhangi Louis Odongo one of a renowned lawyer in Gulu has this.
“For the people who pluralize HIV victims, I think this is an example to them showing that it wrong to do such things to them.”
It was in December last year that Komuhangi and her co accused Grace Aneno were arrested and reigned before the kitgum chief magistrate, on 4th July 2019 Aneno was acquitted and Komuhangi was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. End