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.





Nakaseke facing transport challenges due to heavy rains

Transport is paralysed in several parts of Nakaseke district because of the heavy rains that have rendered several roads impassable.

The Most affected roads include Mugenyi-Kalagi-Kalagala, Kalagala-Lwamahungu-Kyamaheno, Lwesirizi-Kinoni-Biduku, Nakaseke-Kijege-Kasambya and Timuna-Lugogo, road which connects Nakaseke to Luweero district.

Most of the roads are flooded while some of them had their culverts washed away by the heavy rains. Benjamin Makanga, the Nakaseke District Works and Technical Service Secretary, says they couldn’t work on most of the roads ahead of the rain season because budget cuts.

He explains that they only received Shillings 24 million out of the Shillings 159 million they expected from the Finance, Planning and Economics Development Ministry in the last quarter.

The appalling state of the road has affected the transportation of milk, charcoal; cattle and agriculture produce. John Rwomushana, a pastoralist in Kinoni Sub County says they are unable to transport their milks to the market because of the impassable roads.

William Ssemeere, a farmer in Kivule village in Kasangombe Sub County, says the poor state of the roads has prompted transporters to hike fares.
Anifa Namubiru, a resident along Timuna-Lugogo road says even pupils fear to cross some roads for fear in the flood water. Ignatius Koomu, the Nakaseke LC 5 Chairperson, says their hands are tied.

According to Koomu, in 2012 they received an incomplete road unit from government, which would have been instrumental in fixing the road network.

Recently, people along Timuna-Lugogo road staged a demonstration to protest the poor state of the roads in the district. The 2014/2015 financial year auditor General’s report show that 74 percent of the 1849 kilometer road network in Nakaseke is impassable.