KAMPALA, Uganda: Addressing ninety new recruits by The Middle East Consultants who were flagged off for various duties in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Iraq on Sunday, Commissioner of Police Moses Binoga, who heads the police anti human trafficking unit said the issues of human trafficking must be handled with iron hands.
Binoga who gave security tips to the youngsters before they flew out on Sunday afternoon warned the various companies exporting labor abroad to emulate Middle East consultants. “I wish to applaud Middle East Consultants because among all the 65 registered firms that take Ugandans for jobs abroad, Middle East has very few or no complaints from the recruits.”
He warned that the hunt is on for ‘fake’ firms that take innocent Ugandans promising them ‘heaven’ yet they are headed for ‘hell.’
He said the sentences for human trafficking range from between 5-7 years upon conviction. Binoga warned the recruits against sending their hard earned money to selfish and irresponsible guardians and relatives. He urged the youth aged 20-35yrs to work hard because Arabs don’t tolerate lazy heads.
The Middle East Consultant CEO Gordon Mugyenyi, who gave the excited youth a three hour pre-departure orientation lecture on what to expect both aboard the flight and upon arrival in Dubai, Iraq and Qatar said the main point the youth are leaving Uganda for jobs abroad is to have their livelihood change for the better.
“The reason I always endeavor to visit you while abroad and in your villages when back after your two year contract is to ensure that your life and that of your families change when you are back,” said Mugyenyi. He said among the 90 that left on last night, were a group of truck drivers, caterers, gardeners, cleaners, security guards and casual laborers.
Mugyenyi told The Investigator that since they started Middle East Consultants close to five years ago, they have so far exported over 8000 Ugandans to the Middle East. He said the target for this year (2017) is to help 3000 Ugandans get jobs abroad.
He urged the young men to utilize their cash well and invest through adequate and well planned savings. “If for instance you form groups of 10 under SACCOs and just save shs1m each per month that means a member getting shs10m which is enough to buy a small plot of land. In just 10 months, all 10 members will have a piece of land,” he advised.
He cautioned the new recruit’s to avoid promiscuity while in Arab land. “Please behave well while there and do what has taken you there… work.” He warned that he would not hesitate to provide an air ticket to anybody found doing things to the contrary. He announced that a similar number of ladies are set to leave for Qatar, Dubai and Iraq Tuesday next week.