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In Sierra Leone, Social Welfare uses DNA to resolve Paternity Rights
By Aruna Turay
Aug 25, 2011, 17:20
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Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Childrens Affairs has finally put to rest the long drawn out fight between six Sierra Leonean fathers who have been claiming paternity rights over three different children.

 

The six fathers, who have been falling over one another, include Messrs Joseph Ngegba, Idrissa Kanu, John Noah, Alhaji Turay, Mohamed Kamara and one Fofanah.

 

It could be recalled some time ago that the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) was broadcasting news reports and interviews about these young Sierra Leonean fathers who were making claims and counters claims for being the rightful biological fathers of the children in question.

 

Reports say both Mr Joseph Ngegba and Idrissa Kanu have been making different claims that a girl child is their biological daughter.

 

Also, Mr John Noah and Alhaji Turay were reportedly fighting over another girl child whom both claimed to be their rightful daughter.

 

Mohamed Kamara and one Mr. Fofanah were also fighting for paternity rights for a boy child.

 

To address this life threatening issue, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Childrens Affairs made contact with a United States based medical institution GFI Laboratory to conduct DNA tests on the fathers and the children so as to prove who the rightful fathers are.

 

The Social Welfare Ministry has disclosed that a DNA mouth swooping tests was conducted on the alleged fathers and the children by GFI Laboratory on Genetic System, Paternity Index, Combined Paternity Index and Probability of Paternity.

 

According to reports, the cases between Joseph/Idrissa and John/Alhaji the DNA results were alarming. It proved that both parties were not the biological fathers of the children in question. In the case between Fofanah and Mohamed Kamara, the DNA results proved that the child belongs to Mohamed Kamara.

 

However, the Welfare Ministry has revealed that they will retain the two children whose biological fathers are unknown until foster parents can be found for them.

 

Meanwhile, the Ministry has cautioned the five alleged fathers Joseph Ngegba, Idrissa Kanu, John Noah, Alhaji Turay and Mr. Fofanah and their wives including the biological mothers of the children in question to stay away from the children.


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