Security intercepted the vehicle at the same checkpoint where the bus was intercepted. Guard Murungi, the Napak District Police Commander, says that they also arrested the driver and conductor of the bus, saying they will appear in court today.
Police in Napak district in Karamoja region
have impounded a Gateway Bus for trying to sneak out with 17 children to
Kampala. Police intercepted the bus
registration number UAY 205 U on Sunday morning with 17 children on board
destined for an unknown destination.
This came a few days after police impounded a taxi registration
number UBJ 438J smuggling out eleven children last week. Security intercepted
the vehicle at the same checkpoint where the bus was intercepted. Guard Murungi, the Napak District Police Commander,
says that they also arrested the driver and conductor of the bus, saying they
will appear in court today.
He says the intercepted children are teenagers between
12 to 15 years. "We are not taking child trafficking as something slightly,
“he said. Betty Nakut, one of the residents of Iriiri Sub County, says the
suspect should not be released on bail.
"How I wish court denies all those
arrested trafficking children bail so that they first go and serve in prison,
this will send a strong message to everyone dealing in child trafficking, “he
Goreti Napus, another resident called upon
the government to do thorough investigations on who are the people behind the
endless child trafficking in Karamoja. "We need to get the route
course and the people behind this criminal activity,” she said.
According to Ms Esther Munyesi, the Senior Napak District
Community Development Officer in charge of gender told URN that child
trafficking has continued despite several steps put in place by the district to
stop the vice.
She noted that between March to June 2020, 347 cases were
recorded, adding that between 30 to 40 girls are trafficked every month.
Munyesi appeals to the police to ensure that the parents of the affected
children should also be arrested to face the same charges.