By Our Reporter
A female bus conductor of Baby Coaches has been arrested for allegedly sneaking child refugees into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to join a rebel group called Twiraneho meaning “lets us fight for ourselves.”
According to the Police Spokesperson, ACP Fred Enanga, the 37 year old Farida Nabakooza, a resident of Bulenga was arrested last week after she handed over five children to another bus conductor who knew where to drop them.
“On the 6.11.2023, at around 8am, the suspect received the 5 children, and handed them over to the conductor of Baby Coach Bus who knew where to drop them,” Enanga says.
He identified the trafficked victims as; Muvula Christine, a 17 year old refugee and pupil at United Nursery and Primary School, in Nakivale Refugee Camp, Bisesa Prince, aged 15, Tezero and Sabikoze.
However, Muvula Christine and a sister managed to escape and were re-united with their mother.
Bisesa, Tezero and Sabikoze are still missing and police in conjunction with the Eastern DRC officials are actively tracing for their whereabouts, according to Enanga.
He says police is also hunting for the other suspects still at large so that they can be arrested and prosecuted.
Enanga warns that Refugee Camps are now acting as domains for recruitment and collection centres for children into the rebel ranks saying police is monitoring this space.