Police Grills 50 Parents Over Child Trafficking

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He says the parents led by Ahmad Harunah Lubwama, the Kyikyusa county sheikh face the charges of conniving with the suspects to commit the offence of child trafficking and criminal negligence.

Luweero Police have grilled 50 parents accused of conniving with four Muslim clerics to hand over their children to be trafficked. The parents appeared this morning before detectives led Topher Gimei, the head of the Luweero Criminal investigation department for interrogations. 

Trouble for the parents started after four muslim clerics were intercepted on Saturday night at Nalufenya along the Jinja-Kampala highway while ferrying 71 children, mostly new converts aboard a Fuso truck registration number UAT 668D to Walukuba Markaz Swahabah Mosque in Jinja for Islamic instructions.

The suspects are Abdul Hakim Nakulinze, the Imam of Katagwe Noor Mosque and Head teacher Katagwe Islamic Primary School, Sulaiman Ssekimpi, Muhamadi Ssebiina and Musa Muhamad. Lameck Kigozi, the spokesperson Savannah police Region explains that preliminary police investigations show that the parents willingly handed over their children. 

He says the parents led by Ahmad Harunah Lubwama, the Kyikyusa county sheikh face the charges of conniving with suspects to commit the offence of child trafficking and criminal negligence.

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Isaiah Basalirwa, Ronald Ssali and Sharif Mwanje of Kikyusa sub county say they allowed their children to embrace Islam and travel to Jinja for Madrasa classes.

The Parents led by Sheikh Ahmad Harunah Lubwama, the Kikyusa County sheikh Ahmad Harunah Lubwama instead accuse police of witch hunt and sabotaging the growth of Islam.

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Abubaker Ssematimba, the LC 3 chairperson Kikyusa Sub County says they were fully aware of the movements of the children. He blasts police for spreading malicious information claiming that the children were destined for terrorism training, which he dismisses as false. 

Ssematimba has called for the immediate release of suspects and children because Madrasa lessons are internationally recognized and have nothing to do with terrorism.

By the time of filing this story, Police was considering releasing the suspects and parents on bond. They also agreed to allow the children to return home after interrogating them on their destinations as investigations continues.
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.