Government, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and other children rights advocates have teamed up to comprehensively investigate the NGOs that are accused of being behind this organized crime of child trafficking.
The Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Norbert Mao while speaking today 23rd September to child rights activists during the National dialogue on child trafficking in Kampala, promised to de-register NGOs accused of trafficking Ugandans.
“We must send a clear message to the country men and women as well as to the world that trafficking Ugandan children is a very risky activity. This act encroaches on the human rights of children so it will not be tolerated,” Mao said.
According to KCCA, about 259 children were rescued last month and taken to Koblin Skilling Centre in Napak District Karamoja Sub-region, where tracing and reintegration with their families was done.
This came after the realization by the KCCA Director for Gender, Production, and Community Services, Godwin Gumisiriza that there are people who have made trafficking of children from areas of Budaka, Karamoja, and other areas to Kampala streets a business for themselves.
Uganda child rise network, Terre Des Hommes, and other partners today stated that they have so far intercepted, rehabilitated and resettled over 861 street children.
“We have intercepted, rehabilitated and resettled 861 street children,” James Yesiga, country manager Terre Des Hommes said.
The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), with support from First Lady Janet Museveni and Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), are working on opening up more homes to expand the numbers rescued and rehabilitated.