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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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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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