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Four Lwengo Missing Girls Found Stranded In Kinoni, Masaka

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, says that they returned the girls to their homes after recording their statements.

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Four young girls who went missing from Nakawanga A and Nakawanga B villages in Kikenene parish in Kissekka sub-county in Lwengo district on Wednesday last week have been found. 

Two of the girls -Titi Lunkuse,10, and Amina Nakavuma,12, were found stranded in Kinoni town in Lwengo on Friday while Patience Nambarire13, and Rita Namboggo13, were found stranded in Nyendo town in Masaka City on Sunday.  

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, says that they returned the girls to their homes after recording their statements. He says that they are not treating the matter as a case of child trafficking since the girls have been planning for some time to leave their homes and work as maids or shop attendants in Kinoni and Masaka city.

He appealed to parents to be vigilant and watch over their children and under the character of their friends. Perusi Nakayenga says that she is happy her daughter Nambalire was found and returned home.  She says that they are still wondering why Nambalire choose to disappear from home yet they were on good terms.    

//Cue in: “Babaje mu nyendo…………….     

Cue out:…………..nga tukaanya burungi.”//      

According to Ronald Ssensaalu, his daughter Nambogo is naughty and could have been the mastermind of the disappearance plan. He explains that he will not punish her but sit her down and counsel her, arguing that currently girls need to be advised since they are not in school due to the lockdown.     

//Cue in: “Babaje mu nyendo…………….     

Cue out:…………..nga tukaanya burungi.”//       

In the meantime, Paul Nkuke and Richard Ssensambu, the LC I Chairperson of Nakawanga A and Nakawanga B village respectively are planning a joint meeting with the families of the four girls to try and forge a way forward. According to Ssensambu, Nakavuma intimated to him that her three colleagues persuaded her to join them on the quest for new life since they are no longer in school due to the lockdown.    

//Cue in: “Kwegamba mumaka…………       

Cue out:…………..okusooka katuburire.”//         

Patrick Asiimwe, the Officer in Charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit in Lwengo district, says the four children are now safe in the hands of their parents.  He says that they will be monitoring the girls from their homes in collaboration with local leaders and parents to ensure that they settle. 

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