The accusations follow a long standoff by the district leadership of Napak and Katakwi over administrative boundary. In February, the Local Government Minister, Tom Butime opened the boundary for the two districts but no common ground has been reached by the two districts.
Since the Minister of Local Government, Tom Butime made a pronouncement on the contested border in February, tension has remained high in the border. While Katakwi district welcomes the pronouncement, Napak district has rejected it on grounds that it was biased and politically bent.
Thirteen children aged between 5 to 15 years had been intercepted from Arapai Market in Soroti aboard a taxi registration number UBB 455D. Later, three parents were arrested by police and charged with aggravated human trafficking.
In an emergency meeting held at Napak district headquarters on Tuesday afternoon, the legislators together with the Napak district leaders agreed to deliver their petition to the speaker on Thursday. The Karamoja leaders dispute the recently opened boundary between the two districts.
The tension started when police from Katakwi arrested six residents from Napak and detained them on charges of malicious damage to property, assault and theft offenses which were committed as far back as 2017, according to Katakwi District Police Commander Tonny Ondoga.
The wrangles stem from a resolution by the district council in December last year to interdict the Chief Finance Officer, Ben Oryono and senior accounts assistant, David Omara Menya for alleged misuse of over Shillings 150 million.
Alfred Malinga, the Chief Administrative Officer, Nabilatuk, says sections of people in the district want the recruitment delayed as their relatives finish with school and obtain the required qualifications.
The total annual receipts from district collections as at June 2018 only stood at Shillings 212, 749,998 leaving an outstanding balance of Shillings 514, 750,002. The association only received 24 percent of the total projected annual subscriptions from both districts and sub counties last financial year.
Latest statistics from the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect, ANPPCAN Uganda Chapter, indicate that the number of street children has increased in the country by 70 percent, from 4000 in 1993 to more than 10,000 in 2018.