Crime & Investigation

Police Warn Public on Monstrous Maids

The Former President of Mozambique, information pills Joaquim Chissano has paid tribute to the Diplomatic Corps of Uganda for working together with a noble objective of raising funds to finance special projects aimed at improving the lives of Ugandans.

The Former President said the core function of diplomacy was to promote friendly relations between the sending state and the receiving state.

Chissano made the remarks at the first Annual dinner and Ball of the Diplomatic Corps of Uganda at Kampala Serena hotel on Saturday.

He was the key note speaker on the topic: Philanthropy and Development Diplomacy: A new tool for the promotion of friendly relations between States.

“In my view this philanthropic initiative by the Diplomatic Corps of Uganda should be replicated in Africa and all developing countries, viagra approved ” said the Former President.

He said this new and dynamic feature of philanthropy and development diplomacy aimed at promoting development in receiving states is now an essential component of foreign policy, adding that it hinges on peace and stability whose absence impacts negatively on any development initiatives in any state.

Chissano said this new approach to bilateral relations, unlike the traditional diplomacy will elevate the responsibility between states to new heights because people will better understand the role of development diplomacy.

The Former President and receiver of the inaugural Mo Ibrahim prize  for Achievement in African Leadership in 2007 said Uganda was one of the fast growing economies in Africa which he attributed to macro-economic stability, peace and stability, democracy and good governance.

He added that Uganda was gifted by nature and had all the natural resources including oil, and tourist attractions all of which if well harnessed and exploited could improve the economy and create jobs for many Ugandans.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who represented President Yoweri Museveni, said Uganda Government recognizes that addressing our common development challenges and finding lasting peace on our continent requires the participation of a broad coalition of stakeholders including Development Partners.

“Your choice of President Chissano as a key note speaker on this topic tonight is testimony of his remarkable work, dedication and contribution towards sustainable peace and economic development not only in his country Mozambique but also Uganda and indeed the whole of Africa,” Rugunda said.

The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Uganda, Patrick Edwards said the Diplomatic Corps are seeking to institutionalize a universally accepted principle that the essence of diplomacy is the collective development of man for the preservation and advancement of mankind.

Patrick Edwards who is also the High Commissioner for  the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago said 50% of the proceeds from this dinner and ball will go towards supporting the work of Uganda Police in fighting gender based violence and related social ills in society in addition to promoting gender related activities.
Police have warned the public against mistreating and underpaying maids which could lead to violence at their residences, ambulance Chimp Corps report.

The warning comes just a few days after a video clip of a live-in maid physically abusing an infant went viral on social media, triggering a huge public outcry.

“We would therefore, like to caution the public that such acts could be due to psychological problems suffered by maids and helpers, which calls upon the public taking great care while selecting domestic helpers,” said police publicist, Fred Enanga.

He further pointed out that “in extreme situations maids or helpers have suffocated babies to death, stuffed them in fridges, injected them with HIV/Aids, sexually molested infants and attempted suicide due to psychological problems and mental fits.”

Enanga said it is extremely important that employers first evaluate their domestic needs before hiring a maid or helper.

“Thereafter, proceed and review them by doing a background check from friends, neighbours, local area police, local council or persons who hired them before to help establish if they faced some sort of theft or general damages.

It is also advisable that you choose the area of your home needs and before you agree on the wages, let the helper or maid visit the home and inspect the specific areas to focus on. Take time to know the family or origin of the maid should any incidents arise in the course of her work.

Then proceed and give your expectations to the maid or helper, and work with them by treating them respectfully since they are also people.”

The Police charged the maid on Friday with torture under Sec. 41 of the Anti-Torture Act at Nakawa Magistrates Court where she was remanded to Luzira Prison till December 8 when she will reappear before court.

The complaint was registered by Eric Kamanzi, father to the 18 month old baby girl victim on the November 13 at Kiwatule Police Post where he tendered in the video clip that showed the maid a 22 year old Jolly Tumuhirwe trashing, slapping, kicking and stepping over the baby girl.

She was immediately arrested and the case transferred to the Divisional Police Headquarters at Kira Road for better management.

Enanga said maids should be given space in the home and allowed to use the bathroom, dining, and their bedroom; have friends and positively bond with the family members.

He said it is also polite that they are paid for additional tasks beyond their normal schedules.

“Although hiring maids or helpers has never been a straight forward arrangement, there are success stories where maids have cared for their wages and developed very strong bonds with children; and become important family members.

However, it is on record where many maids have run away from their employers every month, because of mistreatment (verbal, physical and sexual abuse), and the failure to understand that maids or helpers have limitations and need to be watched over closely for signs of improvement,” he cautioned.

“And if it does not work out, then its better you part ways and look for someone else or explore other alternatives of older women in the neighbourhood, daily nannies or day care centers. This will definitely help in getting the right person for the right job, where our children do not pay the price.”


Enanga said the baby girl was subjected to medical tests that were established to be consistent with assault and torture.

The maid admitted to partly hitting the infant with a torch, a process that was captured in the video clip. She was further subjected to medical tests and established to be a person of sound mind.

The police spokesperson also revealed that the charge against her has been amended to Attempted Murder upon re-perusal by the Resident State Attorney and the pending lines of inquiry in advanced stages.

“The Police express its fullest compassion to the family and utterly condemns such abuse of helpless victims,” said Enanga, adding, “The Child and Family Protection Department will continue to promote awareness and sensitization drives on the rights of children and families to help eliminate such acts of physical abuse against children.”


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