Police and Probation office has rescued 22 children from
suspected child trafficking in Luweero district.
The children were rescued from an illegal orphanage run
by Afaayo Children Ministries at Bukasa village, Zirobwe Sub County.
Police raided the home on Friday and found nine Congolese
children mobilized from Kyangwaali refugee
settlement and more than 10 others from Kampala. The children majority of them girls, are aged
between 8 and 13 years.
Joyce Namigadde, the Luweero District Probation Officer says
that they recieved reports that the home was keeping the children without a license from theMinistry of Gender,Labour and Social Development and in very inhabitable conditions.
Indeed on getting there, the children were found in
small and tidy room without a trained caretaker.
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Cue out…they need”//
Luganda //Cue in;” Tunulira abaana…
Cue out;…bali mukuyamba”//
The children have been transferred to
Luweero Child Reception Centre run by Child and Family Protection Unit and Non-Government
Police has since arrested six caretakers including Agnes Kijjambu
the wife to Pastor Eddy Kijjambu the owner of the home to explain how they got the children. Pastor Eddy Kijjambu the Director of Afaayo Children Ministries is on the run.
Ahmed Musakana, the Luweero District Police Commander says that Kijjambu faces charges of child trafficking and operating an illegal home.
But Agnes Kijjambu told URN at Luweero Central Police Station
that the parents surrendered the children to them voluntarily after they learnt
that they could be helped to access free education.
Kijjambu denied that they are running an orphanage Centre and instead claimed the children were being kept at Afaayo Christian Academy
which was set up to offer free children to poor children.
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Cue out…mu church”//
Olivia Kalungi a resident of Kasubi a suburb of Kampala city is among the parents who surendered his two children to the home after their father died in accident.
Kalungi condemned the Police raid saying they were receiving free education which she couldnt afford.
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Cue out;…ate basoma”//
In 2016 , Luweero District closed about 25 orphanage homes after failing to meet basic requirements. Currently only five orphanage homes are
licensed to operate in Luweero but others have emerged and
running without fulfilling the requirements.
In September 2018, Police raided God's Power Revival Church
located at Sinalya Hill, Kalule-Bombo in Luweero district and
rescued 15 girls and one boy.
The children had been mobilized from the districts
of Kasese, Bugiri, Budaka, Kiboga, Ntungamo, Bukomansimbi, Wakiso and
Masaka among others. The parents were duped by a pastor that he will look for
people to sponsor their children.
In July 2018 , the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social
Development ordered the closure of all homes which were found to be operating
illegally. At least 569 homes were recommended for closure but many are operating illegally.