Child Rights Organisations To Investigate Fr. Kalinaki Over Child Abuse

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Child rights activists have instituted independent investigations on Reverend Father Joseph Kalinaki, the catholic priest who was arrested on Saturday after being found with an under age girl at Paradise Hotel in Jinja.

Child rights activists have instituted independent investigations on Reverend Father Joseph Kalinaki, the catholic priest who was arrested on Saturday after being found with an under age girl at Paradise Hotel in Jinja.
 
Fr. Kalinaki was on Monday released on police bond as investigations continue.

But activists from African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) and Jinja Network for Marginalized Children and Youth say although Fr. Kalinaki has been released, independent investigations have to go on especially on other children who have been under his care in different schools.

Jimmy Obbo, coordinator ANPPCAN Jinja branch says justice has to be done for the young girl.

He says even the disagreements between the parents of the girl on accepting the priest to pay school fees for her have to be investigated properly. He says most cases against persons who abuse children’s rights are lost after suspects are granted police bond.

Obbo calls on any child who has been defiled should come to Jinja ANPPCAN offices and open up a file.

Monica Kwagala, field research officer at Jinja Network for Marginalized Child and Youth says defilement cases involving people who can alter facts of the case should be handled very fast and in the most objective way possible.

Wilson Tuuma, the father of the girl and Babra Tuuma, the elder sister, have approached child rights organizations to make sure justice is done to Fr. Joseph Kalinaki. But the mother of the girl says the priest was paying school fees for her daughter.

Ivan Bruno Kimalyo, Jinja officer in charge of criminal investigations says Fr. Kalinaki will be taken to court on Wednesday.