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Ugandan Government Criticized on children laws.

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Various Child Rights groups have criticised government for failure to enforce children laws that protect the rights of children enshrined in article 34 of the 1995 Constitution.


Bernard Atiku, the chairperson of the Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children (UPFC) said, Ugandan children are subjected to various challenges like: child violence, child trafficking, child sacrifice, isolations and denial of basic needs, sexual violence especially to the girl child and child labour among others.

He attributes the challenges to laws that are not implemented and others not in line with the existing circumstances. 

“It took the Government almost 10 years to have the Children’s Act amended and to conform to the existing international protocols. However, to date the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has still not put in place a good regulatory frame work, which would enable various agencies to implement the provisions with in the Act ,” Atiku said on Wednesday. 

This was during the commemoration of the Universal Children’s Day at Seven trees in Kololo, a Kampala suburb, organised by United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF).

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The Children’s Act 2016 addresses sexual abuse and exploitation, child marriage, child sacrifice, child labour, child trafficking, institutional abuse of children, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other forms of physical and emotional abuse. It provides for preventive and response services for victims of child abuse and neglect and also provides for mandatory reporting of child abuse by medical practitioners, teachers and social workers /counsellors.

The day is celebrated in Uganda and the whole world after the Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC) was enacted in November 20, 1990 where 54 articles in the CRC spell out all rights of children aged 0-18.

Uganda became part of the CRC in 1990 there by assuming the obligation to undertake all appropriate legislative measures for the implementation of the rights recognised in the convention.

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Richard Ssewakiryanga the executive director of UNNGOF and one of the facilitators noted that he condemned violence against children adding: “Laws that protect the children are weak and expose children to various challenges like drugs abuse especially alcohol, which causes crisis in raising them.

“Children should work hard in order to avoid being victims of various child injustices, it’s not good for children to go for labour yet they still have to acquire education.” Ssewakiryanga said.

“We should focus on such issues and children should know these are dangers to their wellbeing and it’s important for adults to condemn violence,” stressed Ssewakiryanga.

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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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