One-day old child rescued alive from a pit latrine

One-day old child rescued alive from a pit latrine

THE Fire and Rescue Force (FRF) in Karagwe District has managed to rescue alive a one-day old boy child who had been dumped in 30-feet pit latrine.

Narrating the incident, Staff Sergeant Karata Ramadhan Karata, the Officer in-Charge of the FRF in Karagwe said the incident happened at around 10.15am on Wednesday.

"We received a call that a child had been dumped in a pit latrine at Rukajanga Primary School in Bugene Ward. I immediately headed to the school premises and after a successful operation I managed to rescue the boy child from 30 metres deep,“ he said.

Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner Awadhi Juma said they were conducting thorough investigations to nab the suspects, including the child's mother who was still at large. No stone will be left unturned, he said.

After being informed about the incident, the FRF in Karagwe District led by Staff Sgt Karata immediately responded.   Sgt Karata was the one who went inside the deep toilet pit at Rukajanga primary school and rescued the child,  he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Furaha Kakindo told the ‘Daily News’ in a telephone interview that the child was currently admitted at Nyakahanga District Hospital and was in stable condition.


RPC Juma elaborated further that on May 21st last year, a one and half year old child was dumped in a 30-feet toilet pit in Ngara district and was saved by the FRF who responded swiftly after being informed of the nasty incident.

"Due to his brave action, former Fire Constable Denice Minja was promoted to Corporal by the Commissioner for FRF, Mr John Masunga," he said.

He also appealed to the residents to avoid such evil acts, which amounted to child abuse. Meanwhile, reports indicate that a total of 6,168 child abuse incidents have been recorded in various police stations countrywide between January and September this year.

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Khamis Hamza Chilo told Parliament recently that of the reported cases, 5,287 involved girls and the remaining 881 were for boys. Outlining the child abuse incidents, he mentioned some as defilement, gender-based violence, domestic violence and child marriage.

 The deputy minister named the number of cases reported as gender-based violence (3,524), defilement (637), domestic violence (130) and pregnancies (1,877).

He said 3,800 cases have been filed, out of which 2,368 cases are at various stages of proceedings and 88 judgements have been issued.

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