Child Suspects Stranded at Mbale Remand Home Due to Under-Staffing

Irene Nsangi, Probation & Welfare officer with Ministry of Gender, Labor and social Development.

Non-segregate protection of children’s rights must start at family level with both parents participating equally, doctor First Lady Janet Museveni has said.

Mrs Museveni while addressing residents of Mukono, erectile stressed the importance of upholding the rights of the young ones, website like this a role she said should be championed first by the parents.

She was yesterday speaking at the Mukono Naads grounds during the celebrations to mark the International day of the girl child.

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It’s a shame, she noted, that on the contrary, some parents in the country lead the way in violating the rights of their own children, talking them for instance for female genital mutilation.

While girls are most vulnerable to such abuses, Mrs Museveni urged parents not to forget about the boy child as well.

“The boys are victims too. They are nowadays targets for recruitment into homosexuality,” she said. “At a young age they are confused and easy to sway, especially when one comes with money. It is your role as parents to guide them through these dangerous years of puberty,” she said.

Meanwhile, the first lady applauded the Buganda government for the effort it has put in helping the girl child especially under the support of the Nabagereka through her different initiatives.

At the event, Minister for youth and children Hon Evelyn Anite Kajik cautioned teachers against engaging young children into sexual affairs, noting that tough government policies to address this challenge are underway.

The UN Resident coordinator in Uganda Mrs. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie called upon parents not to value their children in terms of bride price but focus majorly on giving them a good future through education.

This year’s International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated under the theme The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.

By: David Oduut 

A number of children remanded at Mbale Remand home have failed to get court hearing sessions due to under staffing at the facility.

The Remand home serves as a detention center for juvenile delinquents (children between the ages of 12 and 18 years) in the East and North Eastern Uganda.

“We are forced to fore go some court sessions because we have limited staff to represent these children in their case hearings, purchase ” Irene Nsangi, the Probation and Welfare officer at the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social development said.

Nsangi said the institution currently has only three social workers serving a total of 40 children.

She further said most children detained at the institution have complicated cases like murder, aggravated defilement, rape among others which need enough staff to carry out counseling and also extract relevant information to use while representing them in court.

“For instance, sometimes we have three co-current courts to attend and each juvenile has to be represented by a social worker. We still have to come back to counsel and rehabilitate them so it becomes hectic for three workers,” Nsangi explained.

The 2010 review of Ugandan Remand Homes and the National Rehabilitation Center demands that all children who are undergoing trial should have a social welfare report prepared by probation and social welfare officers.

The social welfare report is meant to be taken into account by the court before making the order/sentence.

However, according to Nsangi, because of limited staff , a majority of case reports risk not being written hence the delay in solving the children’s cases.

The institution also faces a challenge of support staff as a result, children have been deployed to do heavy work like splitting firewood and cooking for themselves.

The other staff available at the institution are four security personnel, one driver and a cook.

A 13 year old boy who was chocking in smoke while helping three other colleagues in the kitchen work told Chimpreports that much as they have enough food, their cook  gets overwhelmed which forces the children to prepare their own meals.

Mary Tembuli, a social worker at Mbale Children's Remand Home chatting with one of the Juveniles.

Mary Tembuli, a social worker at Mbale Children’s Remand Home chatting with one of the Juveniles.

Mary Tembuli a social worker at the institution also said sometimes police sends them suspects who are over the age of 18 years who in turn become a menace.

However, the Elgon regional spokesperson Diana Nandaula refuted the claim saying police takes a lot of care while forwarding ‘children in conflict with the law’ to court.

“We have always asked for birth certificates, baptism cards and even tests to help ascertain the real age of these children.” Nandaula said.

The police Spokesperson had earlier on noted that that the number of children involved in crime is on the rise in the Elgon region as most parents have distanced themselves from closely monitoring them.


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