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Sserunjogi told URN that the children would stay at Nakivubo Blue Primary School until the pandemic is contained. He explained that they are worried that the children would be exposed to the virus because of their street life.
Street Children outside Nakivubo Blue Primary School

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More than 70 street children bounced on Monday morning at Nakivubo Blue Primary School where they had come to stay. 

The children were collected from Kisenyi on Sunday by a team from led by the Kampala Central Division Mayor, Charles Sserunjogi and taken to Nakivubo Blue Primary School where KCCA had arranged for them to stay because of the Corona pandemic.   

Sserunjogi told URN that the children would stay at Nakivubo Blue Primary School until the pandemic is contained. He explained that they are worried that the children would be exposed to the virus because of their street life.  

 

He said their survival on the streets had also become harder since majority of the shops where the worked to earn a living are closed. Sserunjogi said they had received 600Kg of maize flour and about 150kg of beans from government to feed the children as they seek for more food.

The children were allocated two classrooms where they would be staying. However URN visited the school this morning and found the children stranded at the gate. They explained that they were released back into the streets after being taken to the school, saying they would return the following morning when all is set.  

Ivan Wasswa, one of the affected street children, said they were released after eating food around 5pm. He says he had to go to Katwe where he usually sleeps. 

 

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Tonny Kato also a street child says they tried to get in the school but to their dismay they were turned away by the school guard who told them to wait for the KCCA leaders. 

He says they had got hope that the program would help them get shelter and food but are now in suspense.

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By the time of filing this story, the children were still at the gate while others were sleeping on grass across the road. Some of the school staff that talked to URN on condition of anonymity accused KCCA of starting the program without proper preparations.

They also said they were afraid to let the children back into the school before they are examined by the health team. Some sources indicate that the program has been halted by government.

The Mayor, who headed the program, couldn’t be reached as he was said to be locked up in a meeting with some government officials over the same program.

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