Man Held For Operating Fake School, Trafficking Children

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Police in Mayuge district have arrested a 53- year-old man and his daughter on allegations of trafficking in and mistreating six children.

Police in Mayuge district have arrested a 53- year-old man and his daughter on allegations of trafficking in and mistreating six children.
 
Caroline Akoth, the Mayuge district Police Commander, identifies the suspects as James Pada ( 53) and his daughter Elizabeth Namukose (18). Pada is the director of St. Matia Mulumba Primary School. They are resident in Mulingirire village, Baitambogwe Sub County, Mayuge district.
 
Akoth says Pada opened up an illegal school, admitted pupils who he subjected to torture, mistreatment, and manual hard labour.
 
Six pupils who were in boarding section were rescued by police on Thursday. The pupils have been identified as Tamale Othman (13), Joseph Ssalusi (12), Charles Ssegoli (10), Paul Zabwe (11), Bernard Kamudde (11) and Jovan Kikubazi (8) all from Kayuga district.
 
Pada was arrested after Tamale Othman reported to the area LC1 chairperson who also reported
the matter to police.
 
Akoth says the pupils were living in a dilapidated, isolated house. They were also forced to dig and cook their food. They only had irregular lessons.
 
Tamale told police that they were forced to get up everyday at 5:00am and would dig to 12:00pm. They would then have one hour of lessons before being ordered to go and cook their lunch. If they tried to resist, they would be beaten by Pada.
 
Tamale says the school had one teacher who was responsible for all lessons. He was sometimes assisted by Pada who was often intoxicated and harsh.
 
Jovan Kikubazi (8), says she is from Kayunga district. She says that before her parents released her into Pada's care, he had deceived the parents with photos of what his school liked like.
 
Akoth says the suspects have been charged with operating an illegal school without license and trafficking of children. She urges parents to always make an effort to check on their children at school to assess their living conditions.