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CCTV footage pins American couple on torturing adopted Ugandan son

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Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage accessed by the police has laid bare the gruesome torture an American couple, Nicholas and Mackenzie Spencer continuously subjected to their adopted son John Kayima Spencer.

The Spencers came to Uganda in 2017 and first stayed in Jinja town. Police have established that Kayima was fostered from Welcome Ministries Jinja in 2018 and the couple shifted with him to Kampala in 2020. The couple also adopted two other children whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Police arrested the couple a fortnight ago after neighbours in Naguru I parish and teachers at Don Children Centre –Ntinda secretly alerted police officers that Kayima was being subjected to inhumane treatment by his adopted parents.

The whistleblowers told police that Kayima was being served cold food straight from the fridge, kept naked during the daytime and forced to sleep on a bare piece of wood at the night. Detectives from CID plus child and family protection unit (CFPU) personnel stormed the couple’s home and found the boy naked - exactly as reported by the whistleblowers.

Police left the home with the CCTV footage which has been reviewed and confirmed almost everything as recounted by neighbours and teachers at school. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said the footage of the child’s torture has been shared with the director of public prosecutions (DPP) as evidence for file sanctioning.

In one of the videos, detectives say Kayima would be made to sit in awkward positions with the head facing down as the cameras recorded. In some instances, they would make him stand naked with his hands aloft.

One of the neighbours said he had continuously monitored the couple’s behaviour towards the child for more than a year, while the school had observed and interacted with the child for also close to a year until they resolved that it was time to put a stop on the mistreatment of an innocent child.

Police have asked parents, guardians and local leaders to always follow up on the condition of the children adopted by both local and foreign persons.


+4 #1 Lysol 2022-12-13 06:04
Foreign adoption is a form of human trafficking and modern day's slavery.

Most of those kids always end up being physically and mentally abused, including sexually. The regime should put a bun on it.
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+2 #2 Lakwena 2022-12-13 07:33
But what is happening to the humane culture, tradition and African Adage that: a child is raised by the whole village?

In other words, so call modernization sic Western civilization is humanizing, making us more and more indifferent and irresponsible.

Otherwise, except when the heart becomes colder and treacherous; even in the case of becoming an absolute orphan, why and what would drive anybody, parents, clan, relative to give away or adopt a child to total strangers?
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+3 #3 Lynn 2022-12-13 12:39
Where are the other two children??
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0 #4 kibedi nkuutu 2022-12-13 16:00
The problem is all about censorship. We think that all foreigners are nice people doing something great by adopting children. Noooo.

Some of these foreigners are actually pedofiles who come to Africa to play out their games knowing that we shall not do anything!! Some of these people are using Uganda as a hunting ground for their games!

It is about time we put a stop to this nonsense. No adoptions.....Period. Otherwise, as long as we have that mindset of foreigners being good people, we shall subject our children to all types of problems and misery. Just check what happening in Haiti after the earthquake!!!
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-2 #5 Robert Ali Bogere 2022-12-13 18:02
Why are whites allowed to come and adopt black children from Uganda when there are black children in their home countries who are in need of adoptive parents?
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