Bushenyi parents face arrest over jiggers

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Parents and guardians of children heavily infested with jiggers in Bushenyi District risk being arrested and charged with child neglect, according to Bushenyi District deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Damian Turyatunga.

Mr Turyatunga said most parents and guardians have failed to do their work, blaming the increasing jigger cases in Rwanshetya village, Kyamuhunga Sub-county on negligence.

He made the remarks while officiating at the opening of a four-day civic educators training of trainers orientation organised by Western Ankole Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) at Mothers Union Centre Katungu in Bushenyi Town on Tuesday.

“We are going to arrest parents whose children are suffering from jiggers and charge them with child neglect because it is an indicator that they are not capable of caring for their children,” he said.

“It has been found that these parents just look on as their children face challenges of poor sanitation which result into diseases like jiggers. We are soon inspecting the affected village to find out the real cause of jiggers and forge a way forward but we shall have to arrest parents first,” Mr Turyatunga asserted.

Mr Turyatunga’s comments come a week after 17 pupils of Rwanshetsya Primary School in Kyamuhunga Sub- county were found with jiggers, a development authorities blame on parents and teachers.

The training is aimed at improving service delivery as well as transforming the lives of residents .

Mr Apollo Lee Kakonge, the executive director WACSOF, expressed worry over the skyrocketing levels of ignorance among the public.

Mr Kakonge called for a better society where citizens can understand the processes taken to access justice, gender equality, governance and human rights since many problems like land conflicts exist because communities lack knowledge on the processes taken.

More than 140 people are being trained and given comprehensive knowledge on how to help communities resolve problems like land wrangles, according to Mr Kakonge.

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Mr Kakonge called for a better society where citizens can understand the processes taken to access justice, gender equality, governance and human rights since many problems like land conflicts exist because communities lack knowledge on the processes taken.

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