Ms. Dorothy Kisaka, the KCCA executive director, said the authority has positioned teams in various divisions of the city with a job of locating street children. In addition to that, it designed strategies to target the perpetrators behind the crime.
“A swoop is being planned to clear the whole city to ensure that all street children are taken to secure places to save them from exploitation,” Ms Kisaka said.
Some of the common places with street children include Jinja Road traffic lights, Wandegeya, Nakulabye, and Queens Way.
According to Ms Kisaka, there is an unprecedented increase in the number of street kids. Of all these, 80% are from Karamoja. It is estimated that about 300 Karimojong children and teenagers live in Kisenyi and Katwe parishes in Kampala.
Another 500 children live with adult caretakers who spend the day on the streets or in the markets sorting cereals. Ms. Kisaka assured that there will be a collaboration between them and district authorities to get these children off the streets.
“Children should not be in the streets and should not live as beggars. Also, for a sustainable return to their homes, authorities have to address the push factors that led these children to leave home,” said Dr Munir Safieldin, the Unicef representative in Uganda.
Ms. Yvonne Laruni, the programmes manager of (Good Schools) at Raising Voices urged leaders to address the challenges that forced the kids to come to the streets.
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