Recruitment agencies respond to MP Betty Nambooze over claims of trafficking Ugandans to Arab countries.
The Uganda Association for External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA), an organisation that overlooks all external labour recruitment agencies has questioned the Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke’s credibility on a statement of trafficking and selling Ugandans into slavery abroad.
While addressing a press conference at Africana Hotel on 8th July, the Direction of Marphie International Recruitment Agency, Ruth Karungi said that Doreen was one of the many girls who came to them in a symposium that was held at the same hotel and they processed everything for her in the right procedures to acquire a job in Jordan.
“Doreen came to our company, we processed her passport, we trained and cleared her with a pretty departure contract and she was received in Jordan,” Karungi said.
Karungi who also showed a copy of Doreen’s contract, visa and her current photo to the media stated that she (Doreen) missed her flight on the Fly Emirates and was later transported to the destination on AirDubai.
“I personally booked her flight on the Fly Emirates but she missed her flight and she was placed on AirDubai. We received her and she recorded a statement on arrival,” Karungi added.
According to Karungi, Doreen worked in Jordan for three months until last week when she called her that she wanted to come back home to meet her family and their agency worked for hand in hand with the Jordan agency to fulfil her demands.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of UAERA, Andrew Kamaraho said that Marphie Agency is a registered company by the registrar of companies with a licence no. 143.
He also restated that Doreen, just like the other 22 girls went to Jordan through a vetting process before adding that Nambooze is only doing this for political reasons that are best to know her.
Earlier last week, the Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament raised worries about the mistreatment of young girls who are exported to Arab countries for work.
According to Hon Nambooze, the relatives of the 23 Jordan returnees broke down in tears on seeing the state their daughters were in.
Nambooze also stated that some of them were taken off the plane in wheelchairs with broken limbs, scars and bruises all over their faces.
“Some of these girls might even die if they don’t get better treatment. Some of them mentioned that when they got minor illnesses, they were given medicine which made them unconscious and on waking up, they realised that they had been cut on the stomach,” she said in a statement.
“Am suspicious that could be the move to remove some of their body organs. When those girls begged for their return, they were told to pay US dollars 3000 (Shs11,134,500) for their freedom,” she added.
In addition, Nambooze also claimed that Doreen Magezi, one of the victims from Namanve in Mukono requested her to help them return home.
By John Dalton Kigozi