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Ugandans face arrest over hiring trafficked domestic workers

Agnes Igoye

Agnes Igoye

The Criminal Investigations Directorate has raised concern over the increasing cases of Ugandans hiring victims of transnational trafficking as domestic workers.

Charles Twiine, the spokesperson of the directorate says that security forces are launching operations against traffickers and that any person who has hired victims of transnational trafficking as domestic workers will not be spared. He cited trafficking incidents of Burundian nationals to Uganda, and Ugandans who are trafficked to Kenya.

Twiine was addressing a briefing, jointly with Agnes Igoye, the deputy coordinator of the anti-human trafficking department in the ministry of Internal Affairs. Igoye and Twiine who have been following up on separate transnational trafficking incidents say Uganda has increasingly become a transit route for majorly girls and women trafficked from Burundi.

A number of women have been trafficked from Burundi on the promise of taking them for jobs in the Arab world but end up being held incommunicado in the areas of Kabalagala, Kansanga, Bweyogerere, Kyengera and Kireka on the outskirts of Kampala.

“The key trends have been the issue of citizens of Burundi especially women trafficked in the pretext of getting them jobs in Saudi Arabia. The recruitment is usually done on a promise to take them to Saudi Arabia for work. They end up taking them to Kenya. We shall arrest whoever transports them, keeps them or hires these victims of transnational trafficking as domestic workers,” Igoye warns.

So far, some of the members of the racket of traffickers identified as Charles Kamuli and one Ramsey have been arrested. Twiine explains that traffickers have caused problems for several people who have ended up being arrested in other countries, charged and convicted on crimes they have no idea about.

Twiine names some of the people who have fallen victims of transnational traffickers and ended up in cells of Kenya as Rashida Kabubi, Kamada Ssengendo, Sadat Lukyamuzi, Josephine Nadyofe, Florence Nanyonga, Zaina Namilimu, Susan Birungi and Lydia Semyalo.

“We need to work together to end human trafficking. People were arrested, charged and jailed for forging documents and stamps in Kenya yet they were also victims of trafficking. The good news is that we have arrested Charles Kamuli one of the traffickers,” Twiine said.

Security has also established that people trafficking girls and women from neighbouring countries are also using forged documents of recognized and licensed Ugandan labour export companies.

Ronnie Mukundane, the spokesperson of Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA), calls upon the police to intensify operations against transnational traffickers. He adds that none of the UAERA members has a branch in any of the neighbouring countries since the government only clears Ugandans to go for external employment.

“The government doesn’t clear a person who is not a Ugandan and our companies cannot engage in that. They could be taking them for sexual exploitation. All people who travel through licensed companies have been cleared by the government. By the time you are cleared, the government takes full responsibility,” Mukundane said.

CID data shows that the number of people trafficked transnationally shot up in 2020. This show figures increased to 666 people compared to those trafficked transnationally in 2019. Statistics adds that eight of the transnational trafficking were raped.

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+4 #1 Nzenze Dison 2021-09-06 16:37
Look at this stupidity!!!
what about the companies in Uganda that traffic scores of desperate Ugandan young men and ladies to the middle east countries??

Ugandans seem to be so disoriented that they are wasting national resources on things that one would easily call playthings...They leave critical things that directly affect Ugandans, and blow money on totally non essential things and its okay with ignorant Ugandans who are mentally asleep!!!
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+1 #2 Akot 2021-09-06 21:14
Nzenze Dison, thanks.

Ugandans will go down in a blaze of shame & it's them preparing their complete destruction!

Ugandans forget that when Idi Amin's time was closing, the developed world took their citizens to Kenya, UN officials left too! They only came back after Amin was overthrown & a government was put in place (this government had to be first recognised by developed world!

The tribalistic system keeps Museveni safe from outside blames, but Ugandans aren't aware they are alone & will be so even when Musevnei dies & his son takes his place!

The danger is Ugandans themselves as it's them ensuring Museveni's rule through the tribalistic system that goes against developed world principle!

No outsider can bring down Museveni, only Ugandans as ONE people, can!
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+2 #3 Akao 2021-09-06 21:43
Empty talks, once in a while, they come to the news to show us that they exist.

They get tax payers money, pay themselves then go home. What a joke a country called Uganda has become.

If you compare countries within East Africa, Uganda and South Sudan which is a new country would fall in the same categories.

I don't know if Museveni does not feel ashamed sitting with presidents of Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, Uganda lags these countries in every categories
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+2 #4 Lakwena 2021-09-07 10:13
Quoting Akao:
Empty talks, once in a while, they come to the news to show us that they exist.

They get tax payers money, pay themselves then go home. What a joke a country called Uganda has become.

If you compare countries within East Africa, Uganda and South Sudan which is a new country would fall in the same categories.

I don't know if Museveni does not feel ashamed sitting with presidents of Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, Uganda lags these countries in every categories


Akao, by the fact that on 26th Jan 2017 (in Masindi), Gen Tibuhaburwa Kaguta M7; shamelessly made a "Disclaimer" that he is nobody's servant nor employee; Uganda is a typical Shauriyako Republic.

In other words, Ugandans live, pay taxes, are exploited, sold, enslaved, fall sick/ill and die at their own risk.
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0 #5 Akot 2021-09-07 16:10
Quoting Akao:


...Empty talks, they come to the news to show us that they exist.

They get tax payers money, pay themselves then go home. What a joke a country called Uganda has become.

If you compare countries within East Africa, Uganda and South Sudan which is a new country would fall in the same categories.

I don't know if Museveni does not feel ashamed sitting with presidents of Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, Uganda lags these countries in every categories


Thanks!

Why do Ugandans go for fake elections every 5 years to ensure Museveni rules?

The same UNITY that told T. Okello/Acholi NO & brought Museveni in is the same UNITY needed to end his demoniac rule!

Who/what is stopping Ugandans from shattering the tribaélistic system Museveni put in & UNITING?
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0 #6 Akot 2021-09-07 16:15
Quoting Lakwena:


...on 26th Jan 2017 (in Masindi), Gen Tibuhaburwa Kaguta M7; shamelessly made a "Disclaimer" that he is nobody's servant nor employee; Uganda is a typical Shauriyako Republic.

In other words, Ugandans live, pay taxes, are exploited, sold, enslaved, fall sick/ill and die at their own risk.


Thanks.

In short, Ugandans are helping Musevnei destory them completely & they give him tribal, legal, official constitutional power to do so, while the outside world will watch in silence as long as the tribalistic system that goes aginst International Principle is OK & maintained by Ugandans to whom tribal lands that form the country belong!
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