A local charity organization in Jinja has made a compensation of up to Shs 32 Million to two women for causing the death of their children.
The two women through the Women’s Probono Initiative (WPI) last year petitioned Jinja High Court seeking orders against one Ms Rene Bach and Serving his Children (SHC) organization on claims that through their illegal medical facility in Masese in Jinja they caused the death of their children.
The women asked court to declare that SHC’s acts of administering treatment to Ugandan children without proper trained personnel, leading to the death of over 100 children, was a violation of their right to life, freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment among others provided under the constitution of Uganda.
However, both parties entered a consent judgement on 27th July 2020 endorsed by Court Registrar Fred Waninda and agreed that the proprietor of the said Charity organization pays them 35million within 30 days from the date of entering the consent.
On Tuesday the two mothers, Kakai Annet and Gimbo Annet were handed their money by Titus Asiimwe and Beatrice Kayaga their legal representatives from Women’s Probono Initiative.
At the event, Mr Titus Asimwe a legal officer from WPI said that having received the money as well as a public apology from Ms Rene Bach the proprietor of the charity organization, they have officially closed the case which they had filed in January 2020.
“We are happy that the District Health Officer and other key stake holders intervened and the organization was closed which saved many innocent souls from torture and death.”
He asked all Ugandans to ensure that they report all wrong elements like those who pretend to help the needy with hidden mission to security and other authorities
Beatrice Kayaga one of the officers who handled the case revealed that through their investigations they established that over 100 children had died in the hands of this organization who used to disguise as a nutritionist looking after children but not qualified.
“Among the many ” nurses” we found at her facility, only one had qualifications and the rest were all there treating children,” she said.
Elizabeth Achola a legal officer said initially there were plans to bring up criminal charges against the organization but later it was realized that there wasn’t enough evidence to sustain murder charges.
Kakai Annet, one of the mothers of the deceased said no amount of money could bring back her child’s life but since the proprietor of the organization apologized to them, she decided to take the compensation.