Anti-graft unit arrests Mbale human trafficker

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Kuremo being taken to court

Anti-Corruption Unit – State House Uganda‏, following a tip-off, arrested a suspected trafficker, one Kuremo Steven in Mbale.

Kuremo on Wednesday appeared at the Mbale Magistrates court.

He was charged and remanded.

He allegedly trafficked Ms.Christine Nambireke who died in Oman under unclear circumstances.

Last week, the same unit arrested Halima Byekwaso who has been operating an illegal Recruitment Agency and conning Ugandan job seekers money.

Byekwaso was last Friday charged in courts of law and remanded to Luzira prison for cheating and operating an illegal Recruitment Agency.

Kuremo leaving court

Her arrest followed a tip-off that Byekwaso was holding out as an agent of a licenced labour externalization company whereas she was not, and soliciting money for the same.

This followed a whistle-blower’s report saying Byekwaso trafficked one Sara Achieng (deceased) to Oman. Her body hasn’t returned yet.

The start of the week was dark for the families of Mujuzi John and Bekalaze who died in Kuwait under unclear circumstances 3 months ago.

They reportedly drowned in the Gulf Sea and their bodies have since been brought back home for burial. 

The Directors of the Labour externalisation company (Spotlight International Recruitment Agency LTD): Tumuramye C, Mujuni Jim and Mukasa Steven(C.E.O) were subsequently arrested.

On Friday, the caskets containing bodies of three more Ugandans: Sara Nagawa, Sylvia Mutonyi and Moses Kiwanuka who died in Arab countries under unclear circumstances, were received and handed over to police.

On Monday, Entebbe Chief Magistrate’s Court released two mangers of a labour export firm Middle East Consultants Ltd who were jailed for human trafficking and forgery.

Godfrey Kyalimpa, a recruiting and vetting officer and Benon Kunywana, a general manager, were granted Shs2m cash bail by Chief Magistrate Mary Babirye after presenting substantial sureties.

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