Uganda: Recruitment agent charged with murder & human trafficking after victim dies in Jordan

Author: Douglas Mubiru, New Vision (Uganda), Published on: 14 October 2019

"Labour exporter charged with murder"

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has slapped murder charges against a labour exporter, Halima Byekwaso, who had earlier been charged and remanded for allegedly cheating and operating a recruitment agency illegally. Byekwaso, 33, alias Mutesi Anne Annet, a second-hand shoe dealer residing at Tura, Kawempe division in Kampala district re-appeared before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate, Ketty Joan Acaa to apply for bail. However, her application went futile as the state prosecutor, Elizabeth Nandala, told court that the DPP had clouted other charges to her. Upon state submission, the magistrate read the two charges of murder and trafficking in persons to Byekwaso of which she was ordered not to take a plea, for they are capital offences only tried in the High Court...

The prosecution alleges that Byekwaso and others still at large, on July 2, 2019, in Kampala district, with Sultan Mohamed Al Badi of Sultanate  Oman, in the Middle East, on the South-Eastern end of Arabian Peninsula, recruited and caused the death of late Sarah Achieng. The accused also transported Achieng to the said Middle East without a license to operate. It is also contended that on September 10, the accused, being a businesswoman, by means of fraudulent tricks, induced Irene Nankumba to give her $200 ( sh740, 000), as money purportedly meant to process her recruitment opportunity for a job in Jordan, whereas not. The prosecution further asserts that the accused, without a license to operate a recruitment Agency, introduced herself to Nankumba, as someone appointed by VBC Labour Expert Limited, to recruit girls and boys for jobs abroad, whereas not.

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