Crime & Investigation

Gov’t Earmarks Additional Shs 3.4Bn to Resettle Street Children

The government has allocated additional Shs 3.4bn to curb the problem of street children in Kampala, Karamoja and eastern region towns.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday at Ministry of GenderLabor and Social Development, State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi said the vice has spread to several other towns.

The issue of street children is no longer a Karamoja and Kampala affair alone but it is slowly spreading to other major centers like Jinja, Mbale, Tororo, Iganga, Busia and Malaba,” said Nakiwala.

She stressed that the children on the streets from as young as 6 months to average 10 years numbering 15,000 across have been subjected to a number of difficulties on the streets.

“These children suffer physical, psychological and emotional torture. They are exposed to harsh environmental conditions, hunger and many forms of abuse and exclusion,” she added.

The government, through the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Kampala Capital City Authority and Police (Internal Affairs), has decided to intensify efforts to curb the vice as explained by the minister.

“Government has approved additional Shs 3.4bn under supplementary budget FY 2018/2019 to finance activities on street children,” said the Minister.

The fund is expected to enhance surveillance, withdrawal, rehabilitation, resettlement and follow-up of street children by the relevant agencies.

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Gender Ministry is also coopting FUFA to explore possibility of engaging some street children in sports training and associated activities.

Meanwhile KCCA has already established Ordinance (decree) prohibiting the giving out of money or other handouts to street children.

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