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Incidents of Children Beaten to Death By Parents Worry Police

The cases that have been captured by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Child and Family Protection Unit (CFPU) show a number of children have been subjected to severe beatings for committing crimes like stealing food, theft of money as small as Shs500 while others meet their death when being punished for leaving parents’ homes without permission.
Police PRO Fred Enanga
The Police have expressed concern over an increase in incidents of children beaten to death by their biological parents.

The cases that have been captured by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Child and Family Protection Unit (CFPU) show a number of children have been subjected to severe beatings for theft of food and money, sometimes as little as 500 Shillings, while others meet are punished for leaving parents’ homes without permission.

CID records show 57 children were beaten to death in 2020. Of these, 24 were girls while the rest were boys. Last week, a 12-year-old girl Lovinsa Newumbe was beaten to death by her parents Beatrice Namataka and father David Kibuye in Bulambuli district.

Trouble started when Namataka sent her daughter to collect money she had worked for during the daytime, but the daughter ended up using part of the money to buy herself a Chapati because she had not eaten, the entire day. Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, quoting CID said that the girl was beaten to a pulp and became weak throughout the night.

“Lovisa explained that she had already bought a Chapati because she was hungry and the balance was still at the Chapati stall. The parents immediately started beating her from 9 pm up to midnight and she died as she was being taken to hospital the next day,” Enanga said. When Newumbe died, Namataka took herself to Bulengani Police Post while the father hid in a latrine, from where he was arrested by police.

In the same week, John Echoku 15, was beaten by his father David Obwang in Serere district on allegations of being a serial thief. In his statement at Serere Police Station, Obwang told police that he was tired of being laughed at for siring a thief.

“In conspiracy with other members of the village, David Obwang grabbed his son Echoku John Micheal because he was being insulted for having a notorious thief. The boy was arrested and subjected to serious beating until he was killed,” Enanga explains.

Police have urged parents who have children who they think have weird manners to always seek the services of the Child and Family Protection Unit, behavioural counsellors or involve elders.  Police warn that counselling the youngsters other than unleashing anger on them saves parents from ending up in jail once the Children die or sustain permanent body injuries.

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