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Covid19 Lockdown: Twelve Girls Impregnated in Masuuliita Sub County

The Sub County Vice Chairperson, Halima Nalumansi says eight of the cases were registered in Nalukongobe parish while the other four were reported in Lukungudde parish.

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At least 12 girls have been impregnated in Masuuliita Sub County in Wakiso during the lockdown.   

The Sub County Vice Chairperson, Halima Nalumansi says eight of the cases were registered in Nalukongobe parish while the other four were reported in Lukungudde parish.  

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//“Cue in: ffe ng’aba sub county.. 

Cue out: .. yabbakuumira waka,” //   

She says two of the suspects behind the child pregnancies were arrested and released by police with the consent of the parent’s victims.     

“Other suspects had disappeared from their villages but looked for the parents of their victims and reached an out of court settlement and are now back on the villages,” Nalumansi said.  

She casts blame on some parents who she said have totally abandoned their parental responsibility, which has exposed the young girls to exploitation.

“I have seen parents sending their young daughters to trading centers in evening hours and don’t care when they return home,” she said.    

According to Nalumansi, some girls spend hours with their boyfriends who are well known to their parents who are not bothered.  

  

“As area local leaders we have reported some of these issues to police but we are frustrated by the parents who don’t show any sign of corporation,” Nalumansi said.

She also says that she found a challenge at Masuuliita Police station since they lack a person in charge of the child and family protection.  

Nalumansi commends government for providing self-study material, which has kept some of the children busy during the lockdown.

//“Cue in: “Gavumenti yayimiriza..   

Cue out:…. obbaleka okutaayaaya,” // 

Mary Kisitu Nassali, a councilor at Masuuliita town council believes that a big number of children especially girls will not return to school when they reopen after the lockdown because of defilement and early marriage.     

//Cue in: “Tufunyeemu nga Masuuliita..   

Cue out: .. kivaamu obuzibu,” //     

The outgoing Wakiso District Probation Officer, Maria Nakazibwe, says they have registered at least 176 cases of child abuse including defilement since the lock down begun.    

She attributes the problem on the failure by some parents to provide for their children after losing their jobs and sources of livelihood.  

Matia Lwanga Bwanika, the Wakiso District LC 5 Chairperson believes the problem starts from the way children are brought up. 

He wants parents to focus on proper child upbringing other than waiting to arrest and prosecute those who have committed atrocities against their children. 

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// “Cue in: naye okugema kusinga.. 

Cue out:….kuyamba ki omwanawo?” //    

 

 

Wakiso isn’t the only district battling cases of child abuse because of the lockdown. 

Recently, URN published a story indicating that the Criminal Investigations Department in the Albertine region had registered 191 defilement cases between March and May this year.  

According to the breakdown, 20 cases were reported in Kibaale, 34 in Kiryandongo, 16 in Buliisa, 21 in Kakumiro, 22 in Masindi, 20 in Hoima, 27 in Kikuube and 31 in Kagadi district.  

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