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Kabale school sued over missing child

By Job Namanya

Added 29th August 2018 05:17 PM

The pupil sat for only two exams before she was taken to South Africa by her mother

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The pupil sat for only two exams before she was taken to South Africa by her mother

Bishop Asili Nursery Day and Boarding Primary School in Southern Division, Kabale Municipality, has been dragged to the Kabale High Court over a missing nine-year-old pupil.

The pupil’s parent identified as Taddeo Ruzindantaro, the proprietor of Zebra Imprints and Stationers on Nasser Road in Kampala and a resident of Kabale Municipality, accuses the school of secretly releasing his daughter Bethany Nimurungi to his ex-wife Mercy Kirande without his knowledge and consent.

Through his lawyer Timothy Twikirize, Ruzindantaro claims that on April 23, without his knowledge and consent, the school head teacher, Sister Margaret Tusiime collaborated with Kirande to smuggle Nimurungi, a primary four pupil, to South Africa where Kirande resides.

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Ruzindantaro married Kirande in 2003 before the couple divorced in 2010. He claims that in 2010, Kirande left their daughter, who was almost two months old, with his father before setting up residence in South Africa.

Ruzindantaro also claims that when his current Innocent Tukamushaba went to the school to pick Nimurungi’s report form, she was informed by one of the teachers that the pupil sat for only two exams before she was taken to South Africa by Kirande with the help of the head teacher.

This prompted Ruzindantaro to report the case at Kabale Police Station under file number SD 57/26/04/2018 before he was advised to file a civil suit in the High court.

He argues that after his child was smuggled from school to South Africa without his knowledge and consent, he has suffered inconvenience and psychological torture.

Ruzindantaro wants court to order the school to return the child back to Uganda so that she resumes her education. He also wants the school to award him general damages for inconvenience, physiological and emotional torture and loss.

Talking to New Vision, Tusiime said she was aware of the matter and that the school’s lawyers were handling the matter.

She however added that Kirande requested to go with the girl to Kampala to get medical treatment for stomach complications for one week which has since elapsed.

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