Mother Arrested For Sending Children To Vend Tomatoes For Fees Top story

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Police in Luweero has arrested a woman for sending her two children aged 6 and 12 in P.1 and P.5 respectively to vend tomatoes to get school fees.

Police in Luweero has arrested a woman for sending her two children aged 6 and 12 in P.1 and P.5 respectively to vend tomatoes to get school fees.
 
Topher Gimei, the Luweero Criminal Investigations Intelligence Officer (CIID), identified the suspect as Milly Namuddu (36), a resident in Kasoma zone in Luweero town council.
 
It came minutes after Luweero Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Persis Namuganza took the two children to Luweero Central Police Station (CPS).
 
The two children who have been held too were vending tomatoes early morning. The children were arrested after they approached Namuganza's vehicle which had just parked outside New Lydrines Hotel. They wanted to sell to her tomatoes.
 
The two children whose names have been withheld because they are minors attend Our Lady Parents School. The boy is in P.1 and the girl in P.5. They pay 69,000 shillings and 95,000 shillings as fees per term respectively. They had each only paid 35,000 shillings only.
 
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The children's mother Namuddu, speaking to the press, said she had been forced to do this because she is too poor to afford their school fees on her own. She explained that the children's father Jackson Sendegeya is too poor to help.
 
Francisca Nyamutale, the Officer in charge of the Child and Family police protection Unit at Luweero CPS, said cases of child labour are on the rise.
 
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CIID Gimei said Namuddu would be charged with child neglect and labour.