FIRST IT WAS KYAMBADDE AND NOW THIS ONE. YOUTH, PLEASE BEWARE.
Luweero LC V chairman Abdul Nadduli and the Peasant African Promoters Association are under the spot for allegedly defrauding more than 100 youths seeking employment abroad.
In 2013, Nadduli mobilized over 100 youths from Luweero district and recruited them under the Peasant African Promoters Association for job placement in Kuwait and Qatar.
Nadduli is the patron of the association, Yusuf Kikomeko chairperson, his son Umar Nadduli is the project manager, Musa Nadduli general secretary and Public Relation Jakana Nadduli.
Masudi Ssentongo, the Wobulenzi Town Council Youth Publicity secretary says the LC V chair mobilised them through Mosques and Church functions to join the association with promises of getting them high paying casual jobs abroad.
He says on recruitment, each of the job seekers was asked to pay up to 2,500,000 Million Shillings to process their travel documents, certificate of good conduct from Interpol, medical fees, membership fees, insurance and transport for job interviews in Kampala.
Ssentongo says he sold his retail shop to raise the money in hope of getting a paying job in vain. He says their efforts to pressurise Nadduli and other association officials to refund their money have yielded nothing.
Hanifah Zalwango, a resident of Kigulu LC 1 in Wobulenzi explains on learning of the opportunity to go abroad, her elder sister obtained several loans to facilitate her travel. She regrets why they didn't invest the money into a local business.
Muhamadi Turyamwesimira, a resident of Muyenga LC 1 in Wobulenzi town suspects that Nadduli connived with his sons to form an association just to defraud them well knowing they didn't have capacity to take them abroad.
The affected youths led by Jamiru Lutankome and Nsobya Sunday are threatening to stage protests and drag Nadduli and all the association members to court for fraud.
They want the Nadduli and his team to refund the money they paid to the association and also compensate them for the lost time. Efforts by our reporter to speak to Yusuf Kikomeko, the chairperson of Peasant African Promoters' Association were unsuccessful.
However, Nadduli confirmed that he was aware of the grievances of the youths. He explains that they had partnered with ALSACO International (U) Limited to get jobs abroad but it was not trustworthy and it is responsible for the fraud.
Efforts to seek comment from ALSACO International (U) Limited were unsuccessful. In 2014, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development forced the agency to return all the girls they had taken to Kuwait to work as domestic servants following reports of harassment.
Managers of ALSACO International (U) Limited were also arrested for human trafficking.