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Katakwi girl trade probed

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st July 2006 03:00 AM

THE Government is investigating the alleged sale of girls in cattle markets in Katakwi district, with a view to finding a lasting solution to its causes.

THE Government is investigating the alleged sale of girls in cattle markets in Katakwi district, with a view to finding a lasting solution to its causes.

By Cyprian Musoke
and Ronald Humura


THE Government is investigating the alleged sale of girls in cattle markets in Katakwi district, with a view to finding a lasting solution to its causes.

Addressing the weekly government press briefing at the Prime Minister’s office in Kampala on Thursday, state minister for defence Ruth Nankabirwa said the Government set up a committee to probe the validity of the issue and its causes.

“We had a series of meetings with Hon. Crispus Kiyonga and with Karamoja MPs. When we read the story in The New Vision, we set up a committee comprising CMI, a human rights officer in the area, an officer from the Prime minister’s office, police and the Kraal leader where the allegations were made,” she said.

She said they were also probing allegations of harassment of residents by UPDF officers in that area.

“We have expanded the investigation because we want the whole truth. We will not tolerate impunity. Discipline is of paramount importance in the army,” she said.

Amuria Woman MP Rhoda Acen was quoted as saying trafficking in girls was booming in cattle markets in Katakwi and that they sold them at sh3,000, to be able to fend for their families.

Katakwi girl trade probed

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