KAMPALA, UGANDA: A Ugandan man has applied for the cancellation of his children’s passports after DNA tests carried out showed that all of the six children are not his.
The man who works in Europe was left devastated on finding out that the children he has been taking care of are not his true biological sons and daughters and has now asked the Immigration Department to cancel their identity as he files for divorce with his wife.
This was revealed by Mr Simon Peter Mundeyi, the Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson during a press conference in Kampala on Monday, June 26, 2023.
According to Mundeyi, it is alleged that the man, whose identity remained concealed for sensitivity purposes of the story was forced to take all six children for DNA testing after a quarrel he had with his wife and she broke it to him that some of the children were not his.
He explains that although the wife apologized saying that she made the statement out of anger, the man went ahead and conducted secret DNA tests at the Directorate of Government Analytical Laboratory (DGAL) in Wandegeya.
“When the results were out, he contested them, but being a person of means, we advised him to take samples to other laboratories,” said Mundeyi, adding; “He took some samples to Canada and others to South Africa. All the samples confirmed what our DGAL had found out—none of the six children was his.”
The case of this man, adds to the 32 others where men have written to the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) demanding the cancellation of children’s passports after DNA testing showed they are not biological fathers.
However, the Ministry spokesperson says DCIC cannot cancel passports unless the complainants go to the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) and change their details.
Mundeyi also revealed that dozens of men have been flocking to the Ministry of Internal Affairs with pieces of hair from their children for DNA tests but have been advised to take the children to the Government Analytical Laboratory in Wandegeya, along Yusuf Lule Road.