Kigali — Jacqueline Murungi, 30,
a resident of Biryogo, in Nyarugenge district,
could not contain her joy after a DNA test
confirmed that she had found
her biological mother whose identity
she had not known all her life.
It was on a visit to Uganda, her birth place
that Murungi read in one of the local tabloids
of Hadijah Ssebi, a 52 year- old mother
trying to locate a daughter.
On meeting her mother, despite
their striking resemblance, Murungi was still
suspicious and unconvinced of the connection.
it was a plan to extract money from me,
" she said.
As they continued to acquaint with
each other, Murungi opted for
a DNA test to erase her suspicion.
"I cut her nail without her knowledge and
sent it to South Africa for a DNA test,"
said Murungi, who was raised by
her paternal grandmother, a Rwandan.
At the time of separation, Murungi
was eight months old and she was
later told by relatives that
her mother was dead.
"I grew up knowing that my mother
I still think it is a dream,"
Murungi told The New Times yesterday
as she choked on tears.
Ssebi, a Ugandan and soldier during
the regime of former President Idi Amin,
said she was coerced to leave
her child behind in 1979 when
the then government was overthrown.
"I left the child behind when
I was fleeing.
It was 1979, in Idi Amin's regime.
I fled to Sudan and left her
with the father," Ssebi said.
Murungi, currently the president
of Nyamirambo Women's Centre,
a local NGO aimed at empowering women,
lived with her Rwandan father
until he handed her over to
With proof at hand Murungi threw
a party to celebrate their reunion
at her residence in the presence of friends.
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