Gulu police has impounded a bus carrying children affected by the nodding disease from Kitgum to Mulago national referral hospital. Police intercepted the bus registration number UAP 994L belonging to Homeland Bus Company and forced it to divert to Gulu Central Police station.
Martin Amoru, Northern Regional Police Commander says that they received information from a source he declined to disclose that the children were being trafficked to Kampala. He however says that they later cleared the bus to proceed with its trip when they found evidence of child trafficking. But Beatrice Anywar, Kitgum District Woman MP of parliament who organized for the transportation of the children accuses Luka Nyeko, Kitgum LC V chairman of conniving with police to frustrate her efforts to have the children undergo treatment at Mulago.
Anywar claims that Nyeko has been complaining that transferring the children to Kampala would portray the government to have failed in handling the disease. But she argues that while transporting the children to Mulago would provide them better medical opportunities, it would also help highlight the plight of the thousands of children who have been affected by the disease and continue suffering without treatment.
However, Nyeko who is accused of trying to frustrate attempts to treatment the children denies instruction police to intercept the bus. Kitgum district has been worst hit by nodding disease that has claimed the lives of several children and left several others helpless.