Influx of street children in Lira and Gulu City worries Minister Lumumba

Ms Lumumba cited that over 1000 increasing numbers of street children are now common in both Lira and Gulu cities in Northern Uganda 

LIRA, UGANDA: The Minister for General Duties in the office of the Prime Minister, Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba wants leaders to find a solution to the increased number of street children in Lira and Gulu City.

In her speech during the Northern Regional SDG stakeholders’ forum meeting held at Pauline Hotels on Thursday, 8th June 2023, Ms Lumumba advised the leaders to have a lasting solution concerning the issue of street children. 

She cited the over 1000 increasing numbers of street children now common in both Lira and Gulu cities in Northern Uganda 

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However, according to the honourable Minister Lumumba, leaders at all levels including Lira city and Lira district better do something about the increasing numbers of street children soaring up, the mayor said the numbers of street children are increasing, and that is very dangerous for us, said Lumumba. 

”We parents take a lot of time to look for money instead of looking after our children,” said Minister Kasule. 

According to Lumumba, leaders can even have it as a stakeholders meeting and invite Ministry of Gender, Labour and social development officials to discuss the solutions and way forward of combating the issues and problems of the street children cropping up in both Gulu and Lira City in Northern Uganda. 

”If it is a collective responsibility it will be a solution ”Added Kasule Lumumba. The mayor of Lira City Sam Atul told the minister that in Lira City alone there are over 1000 street children. 

Meanwhile, the stakeholders meeting brought together several NGOs, cultural leaders, LCV chairpersons, CAO, leaders of the local government CSOs the media among others. Lumumba tasked leaders to avoid the issue of corruption at all levels be it central government or local government whatsoever. 

“There is this corruption where somebody has got a job today and within a short period of time he/she is driving a very big expensive vehicle in the village and you find people saying this one is very bright he is representing the clan, so let’s fight corruption,” 

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Over 400 participants attended the meeting and it brought together stakeholders of Yumbe, Arua, Abim, Moroto, Lira City and Lira district. Others were from Gulu, Kitgum, and Kwania among others.

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