Matungulu police have launched a manhunt for a middle-aged man who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl in Kisukioni area.

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Kalandini Chief Julius Mbai confirmed the incident adding that the young girl had failed to go to school as she was unwell.

Taking advantage of the situation, the man reportedly preyed on the young girl and defiled her.

According to Chief Mbai, the suspect fled immediately after committing the disgraceful act. 

"I was notified about an incident of a nine-year-old sick girl who has been defiled in Kisukioni market, I went to the scene and found the girl, took her to the police station then the hospital.

"The perpetrator is not a stranger to the residents, however he manged to flee after committing the crime," he said.

The chief confirmed that the girl is receiving treatment at Kangundo level four hospital, as police hunt for the suspect.

He urged residents who may have information that may help with the investigations to report to the police.

"I urge anyone with information concerning the incident to talk to the police so that justice can be served to the little girl," he said.