Arusha Times (Arusha)

23 February 2013

Tanzania: Standard One Pupil Killed By Speeding Truck

A standard one pupil of Kimokuwa Primary School, Losira Oloibonyi(7) who was going home from school died instantly after he was run over by a vehicle while he was attempting to cross the highway.

According to the Arusha Regional Police Commander, Mr. Liberatus Sabas, the accident occurred on February 18 this year at 04:00 p.m. in Kimokouwa Village in Longido District along the Arusha-Namanga Road.

He said that the accident was caused by a Scania semi-trailer truck with registration number T305 AAX which was coming from Arusha and heading to Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr. Sabas explained that during the accident the vehicle was being driven by Abdulmalik (35) resident of Sombetini Area in the Arusha City. However, after the accident, the police arrested the driver and he would be taken to court after completion of investigations.

Woman alleged to use razor blade to slash boy's ears

The Police in Arusha through its special Gender and Children desk is investigating the case of a woman who is alleged to have used a razor blade to slash the ears of a child left under her care.

Police Officer Rajab Hamisi who is among the cops in-charge of the gender desk here stated that the suspect, Ms Adiba Mohammed-Omari was apprehended after the neighbors in Sombetini area where the lady lives, reported the issue upon seeing the poor child with frayed ears.

The victim is Haji Hemed, aged only 8, who happens to be a class two pupil at the Osunyai Primary School located in the Sombetini ward of Arusha City, where the teachers stated that the child had been missing in class and when he showed up recently both his ears were badly slashed.

"You will be surprised to hear that, when we asked her why she did that to the child, her response was simply that the boy is an unruly child who could not be disciplined in any other way," said Officer Rajab.

Apparently, the young boy also has some sad story in his life because his mother, a runaway wife, is said to have ditched the child when the latter was only two years old and was never seen since that day.

By Olympia Martin

Haji's father on the other hand, is reported to be a loitering man with serious mental illness something which could have been the reason why his wife decided to leave him and ditch the child in the process, fleeing to seek better life elsewhere.

The boy has been taken to the Mkombozi Street Children's Center at Kaloleni, awaiting further assistance as the aunt is being held by the police.

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