By Fred Kiva
Entebbe Aviation Police are hunting for two Kampala businessmen accused of trafficking twelve young girls to Saudi Arabia. This is after the victims were on Tuesday afternoon intercepted at Entebbe Airport ready for departure to Saudi Arabia where they were purportedly being taken to work as house maids.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says the girls were recruited from various parts of the country by Umaru Awali and one only identified as Yasin all businessmen in Kampala. The businessmen first briefed the victims from Freedom Square before putting them in a taxi to the airport for departure.
“The two are on the run, we are hunting for them for them,” Onyango said adding, “A General inquiry file has been opened to investigate circumstances under which these girls were recruited.” He explains that the victims were dressed in uniform (white T-shirts with Arabic writings) “purporting to be a company, whereas not (It’s a ghost company)” They were on a one way Emirates flight ticket.
Police identifies the victims as; Prisca Kirabo, Edwin Nansasi, Zulaika Nalumu, Josephine Nakafeero, Margaret Nantale and Fina Nanangwe. Others are; Jesca Nakalema, Giriyida Nanyondo, Naume Nakalema, Josephine Nabasumba, Scovia Tiperu and Annet Ndibaza. They are currently being held at Entebbe Aviation police as investigations continue.
For years a number of Ugandans taken to work in the United Arab Emirates have ended up being tortured, some of them killed. Recently the issue of the continuous torture meted on Ugandans working abroad was raised on the floor of Parliament. Members tasked the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to act against non-licensed labour export companies.