Nansana Bishop convicted of child trafficking

The International Crimes Division of the High Court has found Bishop Nkurunziza Fiarce guilty of 14 counts of aggravated child trafficking and one count of running an unlicensed children home.

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The Office of the DPP approved a case against Bishop Nkurunziza Fiarce, Ndora Charles, Byukusenge Valens, and Rev. Nsimiyemana John of Tukyuuke International Ministries in Nansana Kabumbi, Wakiso District, alleging that the four conspired and duped parents and guardians of various children from different parts of western Uganda into giving them free education.

The accused individuals, including Bishop Nkurunziza, illegally moved the kids to a house in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District, and held them there for a while. For the duration of their stay in Nansana, the kids weren't in school. Instead, the accused grabbed images of the kids and used them to raise money abroad.

On November 19, 2019, the police conducted a raid on the house and freed the kids after learning about the scam. To receive assistance, the kids were put in a shelter.

14 counts of aggravated trafficking in children and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony were brought against the defendants. Bishop Nkurunziza Fiarce was also charged with running an unlicensed children's home.

Bishop Nkurunziza Fiarce was found guilty after agreeing to a plea deal with the State. As agreed, he received a sentence from Justice Andrew Bashaija of 8 years and 8 days in jail for each count of aggravated trafficking in children and a sentence of 3 years and 7 months for operating an unlicensed children's home. The sentences must flow together.

Jacquelyn Okui, a Senior State Attorney in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, successfully prosecuted this case.

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