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Rukungiri Man Held for Trying to Sell 18 Month-old Son

Muhumuza, in police custody, admitted he had been trying to sell off his 18 month-old son in order to raise school fees for his other five children. He wanted to be able to send the children to school at the beginning of the new term that started on Monday, 4th February.
Police in Rukungiri on Saturday 2nd February arrested a 35 year old man for trying to sell of his 18 month-old son.

 

Julius Muhumuza, a resident of Nyabushenyi Village in Nyarushanje Sub County, was arrested after he tried to sell his son to a businessman in Rukungiri town at the cost of 5 million shillings.

 

Police was tipped off by another businessman identified as Robert Mugabe leading to Muhumuza's arrest.

 

Muhumuza, in police custody, admitted he had been trying to sell off his 18 month-old son in order to raise school fees for his other five children. He wanted to be able to send the children to school at the beginning of the new term that started on Monday, 4th February.

 

Muhumuza narrated to police detectives that he had come to the decision because his family had suffered financial challenges for a very long time. He said that the 5 million shillings would have provided a welcome relief to solve many of the financial problems.

 

Rukungiri District Police Commander (DPC) Ruhunde Christopher confirmed to Uganda Radio Network (URN) on phone Muhumuza's arrest. He said that Muhumuza would face charges of human trafficking and warned parents against treating their children like property.

 

Muhumuza will appear in court on Thursday, 7th February.

 

This is not the first documented case to appear in western Uganda, Twins were reportedly sold off by their father in Kebisoni Sub county in July 2012. 

 

Maxon Niwahereza and Macknon Niwamanya went missing shortly after their father Nicholas Begumanya chased away their mother from their marital home. He claimed that the twins would be looked after by their step-mother Loy Begumanya.

 

To this day Winnie Asasira, the twin's mother, has never seen her children again despite filing a missing person's report with Rukungiri police.

 

Begumanya was briefly detained by police before he was released. Kigezi Regional Police Commander Olivia Rosemary Wawile denies knowledge of Begumanya's release though.

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