Police Grills 50 Parents Over Child Trafficking

Luweero Police have grilled 50 parents accused of conniving with four Muslim clerics to hand over their children to be trafficked.

Savannah Regional Police spokesperson Lameck Kigozi screening parents for interrogation
Savannah Regional Police spokesperson Lameck Kigozi screening parents for interrogation

The parents appeared this morning before detectives led Topher Gimei, the head of the Luweero Criminal investigation department for interrogations.

Trouble for the parents started after four muslim clerics were intercepted on Saturday night at Nalufenya along the Jinja-Kampala highway while ferrying 71 children, mostly new converts aboard a Fuso truck registration number UAT 668D to Walukuba Markaz Swahabah Mosque in Jinja for Islamic instructions.

The suspects are Abdul Hakim Nakulinze, the Imam of Katagwe Noor Mosque and Head teacher Katagwe Islamic Primary School, Sulaiman Ssekimpi, Muhamadi Ssebiina and Musa Muhamad. Lameck Kigozi, the spokesperson Savannah police Region explains that preliminary police investigations show that the parents willingly handed over their children.

He says the parents led by Ahmad Harunah Lubwama, the Kyikyusa county sheikh face the charges of conniving with suspects to commit the offence of child trafficking and criminal negligence.

Isaiah Basalirwa, Ronald Ssali and Sharif Mwanje of Kikyusa sub county say they allowed their children to embrace Islam and travel to Jinja for Madrasa classes.

The Parents led by Sheikh Ahmad Harunah Lubwama, the Kikyusa County sheikh Ahmad Harunah Lubwama instead accuse police of witch hunt and sabotaging the growth of Islam.

Abubaker Ssematimba, the LC 3 chairperson Kikyusa Sub County says they were fully aware of the movements of the children. He blasts police for spreading malicious information claiming that the children were destined for terrorism training, which he dismisses as false.

Ssematimba has called for the immediate release of suspects and children because Madrasa lessons are internationally recognized and have nothing to do with terrorism.

By the time of filing this story, Police was considering releasing the suspects and parents on bond. They also agreed to allow the children to return home after interrogating them on their destinations as investigations continues.