Kotido police caution women against child desertion

Last Updated on: 11th December 2022, 11:31 am

Children who live with their family grow up to become key part of the society.

By Hope Owiny Ochero

Kotido – Dec. 9, 2022: Police in Kotido has cautioned women against child desertion, citing it has contributing to an increase in cases of child abuse.

Margaret Ajwang, the OC child and family protection units for Kotido central police station while giving an update on the gender based cases, said her office is currently overwhelmed by cases of child desertion caused by women.

She said that a section of women have started getting involved in deserting their children to men after picking up a misunderstanding with their husbands.

She says that this is an offense. “We will start charging women involved in that for abuse of children’s rights and producing them in courts of law,” she added.


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According to her, they (police) have employed a mediation process but it seems the cases are not coming down.

Ajwang condemned the acts, saying that mothers are the rightful people to be in custody of young children since they are naturally more gifted in taking care of babies than men.

She further appealed to men to stop suffering in silence but instead report cases related to family conflicts and seek help.

The child and family protection unit in Kotido district is currently investigating three cases of child desertion.

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