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Bugiri man jailed 15 years for cutting off boy’s genitals

Left: John Otebati alias Oteng Right:Geofrey Mukisa

A traditional healer who cut off genitals of a 5-year-old Geoffrey Mukisa has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
Court heard that John Otebati alias Otenge, had been earlier indicted of charges of kidnap with intent to murder.
“In kidnap cases, ingredients like disappearing completely or death must be proved but in this particular case, the victim is alive  implying that the charges have to change from kidnap with intent to murder, to kidnap with intent to cause grievous harm,” Jinja High court judge Deo Akiki Kiiza ruled.
The judge said much as there was no force applied during the act, he lured the victim with intentions of buying him sweets.
“In my view, I have studied this file (more…)

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Mother in jail for defiling 5-year-old daughter

Court in Entebbe has this Monday sent a 19-year-old woman to Kigo prisons for defiling her 5-year-old step daughter. Alice Nagayi, a house wife at Namuzzi zone in Ssisa Sub County in Wakiso district, was sent to jail on remand on charges of aggravated defilement.

According to the charge sheet, Nagayi used a sharp object to pierce her 5-year-old step daughter’s private parts under mysterious circumstances that is graded as defilement in the Ugandan books of law.

“Nagayi, a house wife to Pasakali Byakatonda, performed unlawful sexual act on a child under 5 years that contravenes sections 129 (4), (a) of the penal code act,” the charge sheet reads in part.

Mr George Ludehozi, the in charge Ssisa police post says that the young girl was playing while limping that aroused attention of her fellow kids to inform their parents.

“The parents referred the matter the area defense secretary (more…)

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Two million Ugandan children malnourished

Mothers hold their children as they await malnutrition treatment in Karamoja

OVER two million children in Uganda under the age of five are chronically malnourished, the Minister of State for Agriculture Professor Zerubaberi Nyiira has revealed.

Nyiira made these remarks while officiating at a consultative workshop on Nutrient Rich Food Crops at the Golf Course Hotel recently.

“Malnutrition is the underlying cause of death in nearly 60 per cent of infants and 25 per cent of mothers especially in rural areas which have high incidences of poverty and malnutrition as compared to their urban counterparts,” he observed.

The minister also revealed that the children under five years affected by malnutrition  account for  38 per cent, of which 16 per cent are underweight while six per cent are said to be wasted.

“Promotion of nutrient-rich food crops is part of our endeavor to integrate nutrition into agricultural development programs to reduce malnutrition.” (more…)

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Man arrested trying to sell a child

Levi Tugwana being detained at Bushenyi police station

A thirty-eight year-old man has been arrested by police in Bushenyi trying to sell off an eleven months old baby for sh600, 000.
The suspect identified as Levi Tugwana a resident of Butanda in Kabale district is a causal laborer in Kizinda Ishaka town Bushenyi municipality.
He was arrested after the police was tipped off informer who posed as a potential buyer of the baby,  in Kyabugimbi trading center.
Tugwana allegedly stole the child from unidentified woman in Kizinda trading center in Ishaka town. He reportedly told police that he stole the child to sell it and get money to pay off his debts.
The DPC Bushenyi Joab Wabwire said (more…)

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14-year Kamuli pupil gets nod for peace award

Ms Athieno has been named for her consistent effort in fighting for children’s rights

Winfred Athieno, a 14-year-old girl in Kamuli District, has been enlisted among the finalists for a coveted International Children’s Peace Prize.

A pupil at Kamuli Girls Primary School, Athieno was announced among the four finalists by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa, after beating off competition from 98 other nominees from 42 countries.

Other nominees are from Palestine, Pakistan, South Africa and Armenia.

The Children’s Peace Award Prize comes with 100,000 Euros (Shs350m) which is spent on projects closely connected to the winner’s area of work.

While announcing the nomination (more…)

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Early pregnancies choke girl-child education

AGED 25, Ruth Nyangoma should have graduated from university and, probably, found a job. She has not. Instead, she is a secondary school student preparing to sit her A’level examinations this year at Mutanywana Secondary School Kyarumba in Kasese. Life has been trying for Nyangoma.

“I was in S.3 when I got pregnant. The man responsible for the pregnancy abandoned me. My parents were too disappointed to send me back to school after the birth of my child,” she said.
She had to wait three years before going back to school, which she did after a group of teachers and students in her school talked to her parents and encouraged them to give her another chance.
Nyangoma is lucky because thousands of girls who drop out of school in Kasese due to pregnancy never return to school. Kasese is one of the districts in Uganda where school dropout rates for girls due to pregnancy are high. (more…)

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Mother ties child to roof upside-down

The girl writhes in pain before her rescue.

The curiosity of two female strangers at the weekend led to a dramatic rescue of an eight-year-old girl, who had been tied up-side-down to the roof bars by her mother, apparently, as a punishment for allegedly stealing an earring worth Shs500.

It was about 2:30pm when two women who were walking past the house heard a feeble voice crying for help in a locked room. The voice was of a pupil of Kabingo Primary School in Mpigi District. She had been tied at the legs and arms and left alone in that position for more than six hours, the police said. (more…)

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