Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

10 May 2012

Tanzania: Kagera Police Hunt Child Sex Ring

Bukoba — POLICE in Kagera Region have launched a campaign to bust a child sex abuse ring. The campaign follows reports that several children, some as young as four years old, were being sexually assaulted and given narcotic drugs and alcohol.

The Kagera Regional Police Commander, Mr Henry Salewi, said several children were recently abducted by unknown people in Hamugembe and Bakoba wards in Bukoba Municipality. The victims were forced to have sex with a group of men, inflicting on them serious injuries. He said two of the victims were recently admitted to the Bukoba Regional Hospital.

Mr Salewi the children were taken to unknown destinations, where they were gang-raped. One of the children was found unconscious and abandoned at Kashura hills on the outskirts of Bukoba Municipality. He appealed to residents of the Region to co-operate with the law enforcers to uncover the notorious gang which was still at large.

"We need to co-operate and apprehend these devils," he stressed. He also urged parents not to leave their children alone at home, or to allow them to go to open spaces including beaches and disco halls.

A nurse at ward number 10 at Bukoba Regional Hospital, Specioza Ndyamukama, said two raped children were admitted to the hospital for six days. She expressed concern over the cruel acts, saying the girls would develop 'fistula' during delivery.

Meanwhile, RPC Salewi has warned residents in Kagera Region to be careful following a wave of conmen who have swindled several people. He said the conmen were targeting ladies and customers as they come out of the bank after drawing money, at guest houses and at the Bukoba bus terminal. He appealed for public co-operation to stamp out the evil.

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