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Family petitions to get lost child in Tanzania

20 November 2014, 20:55

Kwale - A family at Mkongani in Kwale County has petitioned the county assembly of Kwale to help for them to get their lost child, who they have discovered, is living in Tanzania with strangers.

The minor is said to have gone missing while one and a half years old according to the petition tabled before the assembly on Tuesday by MCA James Dawa on behalf of Luvuno Chilelwa.

She said that they want justice to prevail through the assembly intervention since they have been told to do a DNA test to prove the child belong to them which they cannot afford.

Luvuno said that her grandchild went missing on 8 August 2010 from their Kijiweni of Mkongani in Kwale County.

“I have been looking searching for her for the last four years but recently a business man who goes to Tanzania and had see the minor before she went missing saw her,” reads the petition.

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Luvuno said that the minor was found at Mwakijembe Ziwani Kimuuni village in Tanzania living with a Maasai elder Nagaraiyo.

She is now 6 years according to her grandmother.

“When I got the information from the businessman Mkala Mkaa I informed Lungalunga, Ororo security officials in Kenya and Maforomo police officials in Tanzania,” said Luvuno.

She said after the information went round security official from Kenya and Tanzania met on 17 September this 2014 on the issue where they were told to do a DNA test to know who biologically owns the child.

“My economical status is poor and so urge the county assembly of Kwale to help me and ensure I get my grandchild back from Tanzania,’ said Luvuno.

It is alleged that the parents of the minor separated moments after the girl went missing with the husband being blamed for facilitating the trafficking of the minor to Tanzania.

No information has been provided to show how the girl made her way to Tanzania so far and the only thing the family wants is ensuring she gets back before tracing the suspects behind the whole mater.

Kwale county deputy speaker Andrew Mulei directed the matter to be handled by county assembly committee Legal and Justice Affairs.

The  is supposed to  meet the family in Kenya and the elder living with the minor as well as security officials from both countries and see how to help the child to go back to her family.

They will also have to unearth the truth on how the girl made her way to Tanzania from Mkongani in Kwale and who is behind it as well as recommending necessary action to be taken.

Issues of child trafficking in Kenya have been on the rise in the recent past with security officials warning dire consequences for those found involved.

- MyNews24

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