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.
//“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
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,”
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.
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.
// “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.
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.