Iganga Woman to Spend Three Years in Jail for Child Abuse

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Hajira Babirye, a resident of Bugumba zone in Iganga is to spend three years in jail for child abuse. Babirye appeared on Tuesday before Richard Oluge, Iganga Grade one magistrate who found her guilty of burning her 6-year-old son Abdul Alimansi. Prosecution told court that on 17 September 2010 in Bugumba zone, Babirye burnt Alimansi using firewood and polythen paper accusing him of eating left over food. Babirye was pinned by Asuman Saidi, the vice chairperson of Bugumba village who told court that the suspect tied the minor and piled firewood on him before starting a fire. In his ruling, Richard Oluge, Iganga Grade one magistrate said that prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced the accused to three years in jail. He said the sentence would act as a deterrent to other would be child abusers. Abdul Wadebe, the father of Abdul Alimansi welcomed the court ruling saying it was fair for Babirye to serve her punishment for mistreating his son.


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Aldon Walukamba
Aldon Walukamba believes he was born to be a journalist. Uganda Radio Network's former Busoga region bureau chief is now in Kampala to continue to do what he loves.

Walukamba has been an active journalist since 2000. He was a radio presenter and producer at Radio Management Services (Busoga FM, All Karamoja FM between 2000 -2004). He also worked as a media trainer at United Media Consultants and Trainers UMCAT and Makerere Institute for Social Development MISD (2005-2007), before he joined Buddu Broadcasting Services as a News Editor and Producer, later Programmes Manager and Station Manager.

Walukamba's journalistic interests are in local government, news, human rights, agriculture, environment and politics. He is member of several professional societies and sports Institutions.