Child abuser sent to jail

By Sania Babirye

A woman who was seen in a viral video on social media assaulting and torturing a three year old girl has been arraigned before court and remanded to Prison.

Fortunate Badaru has today been produced before Kira court grade one magistrate Nabassa Ruth and charged with aggravated torture.

She has however denied the said charge and remanded to Luzira prison until the 11th of March.

The victim is said to be a daughter of her friend Alesi Azaru a soldier attached to field force unit at Naguru who was away serving in Somalia.

The victim had been left in her care in 2019.

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother broke into tears as she narrated to court on how she had entrusted her so called friend to help her take care of her child while she went way to keep peace in neighboring war tone Somalia last year.

In her testimony, the hurting mother who is due to report back to her station on the 13th of this month informed court that she had known the suspect since their school days and she trusted her to take care of her baby since they were like sisters.

The mother further revealed that she had also left her ATM card with the suspect to withdraw a monthly fee of 150,000 as upkeep for her daughter.

She however revealed that she was surprised to watch the video with her trusted friend torturing her three year old helpless daughter.
The victim was not in court.

Soaring Cases of Child abuse worry Nakaseke leaders

Residents and leaders in Nakaseke district are concerned over a reported increase in cases of child abuse and neglect.  They demand urgent action to eliminate all practices that threaten the future of Ugandan children.

Up to 54 cases of child abuse were recorded between May and July, this year, according to a report released by the District Probation Officer Joan Luswata. These include 32 cases of child neglect, seven cases of early marriages, seven foster care cases, six abandoned children and two gruesome murders.

Luswata blamed the trend on poverty, cultural misconceptions and fading parental guidance in the district. She adds that the probation office is overwhelmed with child abuse cases but financially constrained to fight them.

Julius Nabimanya, the district Councillor for Kinoni Sub County says early marriages are prevalent in his area because a number of parents and leaders condone it. Nabimanya adds that locals consider children as a source of income, while others grace early marriage functions without either condemning them or notifying Police

Nakaseke District Chairman Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka observes a need to strengthen sensitization and enforcement of laws against such practices.

A Similar study conducted by World Vision on child abuse and neglect across all sub counties in Nakaseke district in 2013, revealed that community members were not content with the way abusers through the legal system.

Nakaseke District Police Commander Justus Asiimwe faults the public for concealing information on cases of child abuse within their communities.

In March this year, Parliament of Uganda passed the amended children act  which states that every child has a right to be protected against all forms of violence including sexual abuse and exploitation, child sacrifice, child labor, child marriage, child trafficking, institutional abuse, female genital mutilation, and any other form of physical and emotional abuse.

It also compels all members of society to report cases of abuse to designated authorities but this is yet to be seen in Nakaseke.