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MP dragged to court over child neglect

Gideon Onyango, an MP representing Samia Bugwe North constituency has been dragged to Mukono Court over neglecting a one-year-old baby. COURTESY PHOTO

A Member of Parliament (MP) representing Samia Bugwe North constituency Mr Gideon Onyango and a resident of Nakabago village in Mukono District was on Wednesday dragged to Mukono Court over neglecting a one-year-old baby.

Mr Onyango who failed to appear before the grade one magistrate Pamela Bomukama has been pinned by Juliana Ainembabazi, the complainant, for failing to support their child.

Magistrate Bomukama told court that two similar cases were filed in both Mukono and Busia. She said that a similar case was filed in July by Mr Onyango in Busia and Ms Ainembabazi also filed a similar one at Mukono Court.

Ms Bomukama referred the case to be heard in Busia Court since the MP comes from Busia.

Ms Ainembabazi said the MP has not supported her since 2017 and has not even provided milk or underwear for the child.

“I met Mr Onyango in 2013 before he became an MP and I was working in Mukono Town by then,” she narrated.

She said Mr Onyango promised her heaven and earth and even rented her a house in Bweyogere whose monthly rent was Shs400,000. The two however got some domestic problems and in 2017, Onyango stole the child. She says that she reported the case to Bweyogere Police who were able to get the child from Mr Onyango.

Ainembabazi picked her child from Kampala Central Police Station Kampala but Onyango refused to give her support since then.

“I have tried to call him but he doesn’t pick until I reported the case in probation office where they called him and he still refused. That is when they referred me to Mukono Court,” She said.

Ainembabazi has called upon state minister for Youth Nakiwala Kiyingi and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to intervene in the matter.

“The child is too young to be given out, and it’s the only child I have in my life so it would be better if he gives me support because I stopped working after him promising to be with me and support me,” Ainembabazi said.

However, when we contacted Mr Onyango refused to comment on the allegations.

“I have no comment because the matter is already at court,” Mr Onyango said.

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