In a meeting between Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit and district officials, Abdullah Maziwa, Secretary Works and Technical Services in Moroto District Council asked the unit to investigate both the contractor and Ministry of Gender.
Captain Yahaya Kakooza, the Mityana Resident District Commissioner, says some criminals have now resorted to recruiting minors because they have realised that police, the public and laws are lineate to minors.
Peruth Atuhaire, a paralegal officer with Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Bushenyi, says the absence of a remand home in the area is a serious challenge as the minor offenders are rejected by Prison authorities.
According to the Childrens Act, local governments are mandated to provide juvenile offenders with the basic needs, contribute towards their reform, education, rehabilitation and prepare them for reintegration back into their families and communities after serving their sentences.
However, Elly Magwara, the Kasese Vice chairperson opposed the construction of a remand home in the district and instead proposed the construction of rehabilitation center. According to Magwara, most of the children are in conflict with the law due to lack of counseling and guidance.
The call comes in preparation for the commemoration of the international human rights day, December 10th, proclaimed by the United Nations to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
Due to the acute shortage of remand home facilities, in some of the district the minors and kept in the same police cells with adult offenders for several weeks, while in some areas cops have turned their houses into detention centers for the minors.
Labeja states that the municipality has received several complaints of theft masterminded by the street children. He adds that taking them off the streets will not only improve safety for town dwellers, but will also get rid of the mess brought about by the Presence of street children.
Basage broke into Kusaine Biiso\'s house and stole nine eggs valued at 3, 450 shillings each. Biiso is a resident of Buyemba village, Mayuge district. Basage was returning home from a football match at Tawheed Primary school when he decided to break into Biiso\'s house.
The programme emphasizes creating meaningful rehabilitative programs that provide each youth, upon leaving the juvenile justice system, with at least one way to earn a living. Under the rehabilitation programme, several projects including carpentry, tailoring, catering and brick making have been set up at Fort Portal remand home in Kitumba, where there are more than 60 juvenile offenders.
Last month, Kabalore district probation department received 90 million shillings from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to purchase food and other basic necessities for the home. However, the money was diverted by the district. As a result, inmates are now being fed on a single meal a day instead of three.