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World - Africa Updated: July 20, 2023

Ugandan Father Burns Son For Consuming Soup Without Consent

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
July 20, 2023
Ugandan Father Burns Son For Consuming Soup Without Consent
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A Ugandan father by the name of Herbert Kibukulia burnt and tutored his son, Christopher Kalyebi, 12, for consuming vegetable soup without consent.

Butebo police said they are investigating an aggravated child torture incident in which a young boy was tortured by his father for consuming vegetable soup reserved for an evening meal.

Christopher Kalyebi, 12, of Okaulya village, Komolo Parish, Maizimasa sub-county in Butebo District, has been identified as the victim. 

It is claimed that Kalyebi was tortured by his father, Herbert Kibukulia, 50, in March 2023 at around 1.00 p.m. under avoidable circumstances.

The peasant father was told that his son, Kalyabi, had returned from school at Kaujani Primary School, which is half a kilometre away, and eaten whatever was left in the saucepan. Kalyabi was in second grade.

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Kalyebi's father, who divorced his mother, Sarah Amullen, five years ago, became irritated.

He tied a rope around his son's hands, wrapped them in dry banana leaves, and set them on fire. Kalyabi's hands and back were burned.

Aftermath of the torture

The victim was then rushed to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, where he was treated before fleeing due to a lack of funds to purchase drugs. 

Both the father and the stepmother have fled. The couple is being sought by police on charges of aggravated child torture.

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According to one of the neighbours, Gonsya, the child was severely burned from head to back, with the skin peeled off almost the entire body.

Locals claimed that they had no choice but to intervene to save the child's life while he was still burning.

"In retaliation for what this man and his stepmother had done to their child, angry residents pounced on his home and destroyed several properties.

"In this era, this was barbaric and inhuman," Gonsya said.

"The residents had to immediately report the case to Kabwangasi Police station as others mobilised and rushed the child to Mbale Regional Hospital for urgent medication," he continued. 

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"The child's life was in jeopardy. This was extremely unfortunate."

Muntu Sisye, one of the elders, strongly condemned the father's actions because the levels of corporal punishment he used were excessive, and he demanded severe reprimand for his actions.

"This was a bad incident. Parents should not think that resorting to that level of punishment is the solution but they should take maximum care of their children. This action should be strongly condemned," Sisye said.

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