She said her late sister was her sole caregiver after they lost their two parents who hailed from Busoga region and that after the demise of their parents, her sister migrated with her to Mbale at a very tender age and she has been under her care since then, including paying for her school fees until she died recently.
Madina Mutesi, an O'level student, is now struggling to manage her
deceased sister’s twins who died at birth.
The twins who are less than a month are
under the control and care Mutesi since the death of her late sister Fatuma Nangobi who was aged
28 when she passed on shortly after giving birth on the 16th of April, 2021.
Aged 20 years, Madina currently resides in Kisenyi village
in Malale parish in Mbale Industrial City Division and has just sat her O’ Level Exams (in March this year) at University Link High School.
She said her late sister was her sole caretaker after they
lost their two parents who hailed from Busoga region and that after the demise
of their parents, her sister migrated with her to Mbale when she was still at a very
tender age, and she has been under her care since, then including paying for her
school fees until she died recently.
Nangobi died at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.
According to Mutesi, her sister was made pregnant by a man who
later abandoned her after he realized that she had conceived, adding that she
struggled with the pregnancy until she gave birth before passing on the same
Mutesi who claims that she does not know any relative now
leaves with a friend in Malale after abandoning the house her sister rented in
Nauyo town Council. She said that the deceased was running a small salon on one of
the streets in Mbale which has since her death closed.
She now wants good Samaritans to intervene and come to her
rescue in supporting the late sister’s twins.
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Iman Mafabi Magala, a local leader and founder of a community
based organization that empowers orphans says that the girl taking care of the
twins is vulnerable since she is still a student.
He said that the girl needs people to help her with things
that will enable the children to grow.
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Baker Mwanje, the Acting Senior Probation Officer for Mbale
District said that such cases of men impregnating women and later running away from
them are high within the district.
He said they register cases where many ladies report that men
have run away from them leaving the responsibility of raising the children to
the women or sometimes their relatives.
Mwanje said the district will take up the case to find out
how they can help the twins and the girl.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.