The Districts of Kabale and Kisoro in Southwestern Uganda are overwhelmed with big numbers of minors aged between 13 and 17 of both sexes from Rwanda and Democratic Republic, seeking employment in the region.
The minors, who are always unaccompanied, enter the country through both official and unofficial crossing points along the porus international borders.
This observation was made on Friday by The Kabale District Probation officer, Monica Muhumuza, at one day journalists training workshop on Child Advocacy that was organised by the National Child Authority in Kabale town.
Ms.Mubumuza observed that in the last two years, her office registered over 1500 foreign citizens from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are below 18 years.
”Most of these minors who enter the country illegally, are in search of job opportunities and are a bother to us in Uganda some end up becoming street kids” said Muhumuza.
She however added that in the same period, 150 minors have been repatriated back to their Countries of origin with the assistance of , UNICEF and International Police Interpol.
Opening the workshop, the Kabale District Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Godorn Manzi revealed that some of these minors from neighboring countries end up being employed by Ugandans as maids and in the agriculture sector and that some girls are involved in prostitution (Sex trade) in urban centres in the region.
Manzi called for more funding from Central Government, if the issues affecting children in the region are to be handled adequately.
Mr.Matin Kiiza,the Executive Director, National Child Authority, said that the media just like other stakeholders in society have a bigger role to play in , molding and nurturing the growing children into responsible and useful citizens in future.
Kiiza called upon the district authorities in the South Western Uganda to priotise the issues of Children ,when it comes to budgeting because failure to do so, 60% of their population is disfrachised.
During the training, over 50 Journalists working with different Media houses in South Western Uganda,were sensitized on ethical reporting ,advocating and protection of the children Rights in the media.