Director of orphanage home set to appear in court over child trafficking

Akello was arrested on Monday (February 21, 2022) after the Police rescued 39 trafficked children aged 3 to 17 from Kaliro in eastern Uganda, Kabalagala and Entebbe in the Kampala metropolitan area. 

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Mr Charles Twiine.

The Director of Sharom Akena Orphanage home in Wakiso, Lydia Akello will today March 2,2022 face charges of aggravated trafficking in Entebbe court, according to Charles Twiine, the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) spokesperson.

Akello was arrested on Monday (February 21, 2022) after the Police rescued 39 trafficked children aged 3 to 17 from Kaliro in eastern Uganda, Kabalagala and Entebbe in the Kampala metropolitan area. 

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Following the arrest, Twiine revealed that detectives had rescued a total of 19 minors from Sharom Akena, a non-registered home that houses children in Buwaya, Kasanja in Entebbe, Wakiso district.

“Lydia had recruited several young children and subjected them to egregious acts of torture, as well as sexual exploitation from her children home in Kasanja Wakiso district,” Twiine said.

According to Twine, the caretaker of the children’s home, Lydia Akello, was arrested after getting intelligence that some of the girls sheltered at the facility had allegedly been defiled and impregnated and later forced to abort. 

“The facility is funded by an American citizen identified as Christiana Martinez,” Twine said a week ago during a joint security press conference at the Police headquarters in Naguru, Nakawa division, Kampala. 

He said one of the minors had a fractured leg, resulting from a beating while at the alleged care centre. 

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