Ugandan girl tricked to smuggle drugs, jailed in Dubai

Shaniz Kartel

A young Ugandan woman is currently languishing in a Dubai prison in the United Arab Emirates after she was found trafficking drugs into the Arab world.

The woman only known as Shaniz says a one Vegas who is also in Dubai tricked her into carrying food for him only to find drugs inside it.

She has been behind bars for one month now, and apparently faces 20 years in jail for drug smuggling.

Local Police are said to be looking for the so-called Vegas, a disc jockey.

According to an uncovered national identity card, the suspect is called Kyamaggwa Samsom aka Vegas.

“I was going to Dubai. Vegas told me to take food for him. He wanted matooke.”

Apparently, Vegas told Shaniz his sister would give her the things to take to him.

Kyamaggwa Samsom aka Vegas.

“The sister decided to meet me at the airport in the morning. She was an old woman. She gave me things including beans, matooke and posho,” Shaniz narrated.

“When I reached Dubai at the airport, they told me it was marijuana. I’m now in prison. We sleep on the floor.”

She said Vegas is now hiding in Dubai but asked that the audio be showed to a social media blogger Peng Peng so he can circulate the photo of Vegas and aid in his arrest.

“I want government to help. I don’t know where he is now but he is here in Dubai.”

Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the United Arab Emirates. In 1996, the UAE passed legislation allowing for the death penalty for drug trafficking.

At the close of 2018, UAE deported 154 Ugandans who were behind held in various prisons on different charges.

Three of them were serving life sentences for drug trafficking.

On February 7, 2019, Daily Monitor reported that Joyce Nanyonjo and Resty Namusisi, two Ugandan girls trafficked through Kenya to Oman were being held by a recruiting agency on grounds that it be refunded money it paid to their trafficker.

The girls, who were trafficked through Kenya, also face jail if they fail to meet the conditions set by their captors before they can be sent back home.

The trafficker identified as Issa Kisekka of Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District, was paid more than $4,000 (about Shs14m) by the Oman-based agency for the two girls.

He reportedly takes at least Shs1m from each of the girls before he takes them to the Middle East for work.



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