Abandoned Children Worry Ntungamo Leaders

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According to police and the district leaders, the abandoned children are usually newborn babies and those under 5 years.

Authorities in Ntungamo district are concerned over the increasing number of abandoned children.

The district receives at least two abandoned children every week with almost all of them coming from Rwagi-Rwentobo and Rubaare town councils, Rushenyi County.

According to police and the district leaders, the abandoned children are usually newborn babies and those under 5 years. The most recent case was last week when 2 children were rescued from Rwahi-Rwentobo town council.

The two children were all below six months.

Benon Mugume, the Ntungamo district probation officer, says that the district has rescued a total of 40 children in the district in a period of less than a year. He explains that the children are usually abandoned on the road side and at garbage dumping sites.

Mugume says that the district lacks a babies home or any other place where the abandoned children are kept. He, however, says that some of the children are handed over to Watoto children care ministries in Kampala where they are taken care of or given out to foster parents in the district. 

Damian Katwesiime, the Ntungamo District Police Commander, says that the police have failed to trace the parents of the abandoned children. According to Katwesiime, it is believed that the children are abandoned by single mothers who lack support to look after the children.

He says that the police have partnered with other relevant authorities to sensitize locals on the need to be responsible parents.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.