From PETI SIYAME in Sumbawanga, 22nd February 2011 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3773
RUKWA Regional Commissioner, Mr Daniel Ole Njoolay said that Juma Kapela (3), the albino child who was reported abducted by unknown people last Wednesday together with his sister will now be accommodated at St Martin de Pores orphanage located at Katandala area in Sumbawanga Municipality.
Mr Ole Njoolay said during a press conference held shortly after he had received the abducted child and her sister Wande Kapela (5), also an albino, accompanied by their grandmother Maria Elias (60) and Acting Mpanda District Executive Director Ms Naomi Nko who doubles as the District Education Officer.
Mr Ole Njoolay said further that the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, had also been informed on the abduction of the child the first day when it was reported.
"Actually the premier was getting updates from the first day of the abduction. I am going to inform him that the two albino children will be accommodated at St Martin de Pores orphanage here in the municipality," he stated.
According to the RC, the recovery of the boy follows a four-day intensive search mounted jointly by the police, a team of Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) soldiers and villagers. He was rushed to Mpanda District Hospital.
The RC commended the police, TPDF soldiers and the people in the area for tirelessly searching for the boy and eventually finding him.
"The boy was found in a thick forest near Itunya village. We believe whoever was behind the abduction was scared of the search team, which was combing the whole area along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Mpanda District... It was extended even to Mbozi District in Mbeya Region," he said.
The RC happily displayed the child to the press saying : "As you can see, his body has small cuts... probably a sharp razor was used. We are happy to have him alive," he explained.
The decision to take the children to the orphanage took into account the fact that the children were too small to start schooling at Malangali Primary School. They would stay at the orphanage until they attain school age.
Ms Maria Elias (60) who introduced herself as the grandmother of the children-cum-guardian, told the 'Daily News' on Tuesday that she has been taking care of the children for the past two years after their father Kwangulija Kapela abandoned their mother, Mbaru Busagija, accusing her of giving birth twice to albino children which he considered to be a curse in the family.
Juma was abducted when playing with his fellow children. An intensive search mounted by a joint team recovered him dumped in a thick forest. He was diagnosed with malaria.
According to Rukwa Regional Police Commander Mr Isuto Mantage, no arrest has so far been linked with the abduction of the child.
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