children were with their parents but the parents were not interested in going

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children were with their parents but the parents were not interested in going back but the children want to go to wherever they can study. They cannot study in Busia because the schools there ask the parents to pay certain monies and the parents insist that they do not have the money. So, what do we do with the children who want to study and the parents who do not want to pay the fees in those other districts? Rehabilitation centres in Karamoja; make Koblin a model centre and take children there. It is a big centre by the way but I think it must have been last rehabilitated in the 70s. It is completely inhabitable as it is. So, put there places where Karimojong children can be supported and be given skills, where they can be trained and grow up like normal Ugandans, instead of being on the streets. Somebody said that I must have heard rumours to say that people are mobilising these children and I am glad an honourable member asked a question that how do they come back all the way from Karamoja to Kampala? How can they be collected today and then two weeks later, they are back? Hon. Members, you will recall the CHOGM time. During CHOGM there were absolutely no children on the streets. How did they all come back again from wherever they were taken? Shall we have another CHOGM to clear the streets? Thank you, Mr Speaker.
THE SPEAKER: I think the issue that he raised about not considering the report doesn’t matter because the ministries concerned take these documents differently. They study them and use them to find solutions. So it is not true that when we have this report, the other is discarded. The two documents will have to be looked at by the ministry concerned. 6.51 THE MINISTER FOR GENDER, LABOUR AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS (Mr Gabriel Opio): Thank you, Mr Speaker. First of all, I would like to thank the committee for doing such a good job. I would like to accept that as a ministry responsible for Gender, Labour and Social Affairs, we are going to take these reports, study them and even interact with the chairperson and members of the committee on how to implement some of the recommendations. I would like to make one or two comments. The preliminary report that we have about the study of street children shows that over 90 percent of these children come from one district, Moroto, and from only three sub-counties. We are not just saying that all these are Karimojong children; yes they are all Karimojong, but they come from specific districts and from actually three sub-counties. THE SPEAKER: Hon. Minister, the point which she made and which you have to consider as government is that those people in those areas volunteered and helped you in disarmament, and having done that, they were left defenceless and as a result they feel insecure. They accused you as a government that after using them in the disarmament, you did not go to protect them. I think that is what she was saying.

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