children were with their parents but the parents were not interested in going back but the childrenwant to go to wherever they can study. They cannot study in Busia because the schools there askthe parents to pay certain monies and the parents insist that they do not have the money. So, whatdo we do with the children who want to study and the parents who do not want to pay the fees inthose other districts?Rehabilitation centres in Karamoja; make Koblin a model centre and take children there. It is abig centre by the way but I think it must have been last rehabilitated in the 70s. It is completelyinhabitable as it is. So, put there places where Karimojong children can be supported and begiven skills, where they can be trained and grow up like normal Ugandans, instead of being onthe streets. Somebody said that I must have heard rumours to say that people are mobilising thesechildren and I am glad an honourable member asked a question that how do they come back allthe 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 wereabsolutely no children on the streets. How did they all come back again from wherever they weretaken? 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 matterbecause the ministries concerned take these documents differently. They study them and use themto find solutions. So it is not true that when we have this report, the other is discarded. The twodocuments will have to be looked at by the ministry concerned.6.51THE 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 goodjob. 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 andmembers of the committee on how to implement some of the recommendations. I would like tomake one or two comments.The preliminary report that we have about the study of street children shows that over 90 percentof these children come from one district, Moroto, and from only three sub-counties. We are notjust saying that all these are Karimojong children; yes they are all Karimojong, but they comefrom specific districts and from actually three sub-counties.THE SPEAKER:Hon. Minister, the point which she made and which you have to consider asgovernment is that those people in those areas volunteered and helped you in disarmament, andhaving done that, they were left defenceless and as a result they feel insecure. They accused youas a government that after using them in the disarmament, you did not go to protect them. I thinkthat is what she was saying.