When I first learned about the Uganda government selling university graduates into slavery, I was shocked and damaged beyond repair. I recovered and then had to look at how young people could accept to be sold at $2k a piece.
I soon found out that the registered labour exporting companies are owned by none other than the people in our government. I say our softly because I only hold one citizenship, Canada.
When you sell off all the tangible assets for the country and render the masses unemployed, you end up having to sell your own people.
The current regime in Uganda is faced with 83% and so we have many graduates who are desperate and their parents cannot help them anymore given the fact that they sold everything to put their kids through schools and with their kids not getting jobs, we are facing a desperation like one cannot imagine.
Since 2013, I have been writing about small business ideas to get our youth to self employe.
Until I learned that the kids work with their parents to get a visa to go work in the Middle East or Asia hoping to make some money. Unfortunately, some of them end up dead.
The level of poverty in Uganda is beyond measure. The desperation even turns your own brother against you just so they can get some money to feed their family.
I have always had hope that the government was not complicit in the modern slavery until I read the following article from Uganda, perhaps the biggest media houses there which is semi-independent. Verbatim. Martha Leah Nangalama, Moncton, Canada but born in Uganda. Here is what The Monitor printed one time.
Youth accuse minister of involvement in trafficking
Some youth in Mawokota North constituency in Mpigi District have accused their area MP Amelia Kyambadde of facilitating the trafficking of young girls who are lured into sex slavery abroad.
By HENRY LUBULWA
Mpigi. Some youth in Mawokota North constituency in Mpigi District have accused their area MP Amelia Kyambadde of facilitating the trafficking of young girls who are lured into sex slavery abroad.
The youth also claimed that some of their male counterparts were taken to work as domestic helpers in Dubai contrary to the earlier agreement of getting them better and well-paying jobs.
Mr Richard Kalule, one of the youth who escaped and returned home recently, said Ms Kyambadde mobilised 300 youth from the sub-counties of Muduuma, Kiringente and Mpigi Town Council, who were sent to Dubai.He said those who were selected sold off whatever they had and raised Shs14 million each which they gave to a labour exporting firm known as J.A.G Security Group Ltd, which was reportedly seconded by Ms Kyambadde to find them jobs in Dubai.
“We sold off what we had. I had seven acres of land after being promised that the job I was going to do was to pay me in a few months and buy alternative land in a few months,” said Mr Kalule during an interview in Muduuma last week.
When contacted, Ms Kyambadde wondered why the youth chose to tarnish her name, yet she acted as a Good Samaritan to ensure that they get jobs. “I don’t know why the media is picking interest in such a story. It has turned political. My role was only to connect them to a company known as JAG such that they can get jobs in Dubai. Is it a crime to help my people?” she asked.
However, on reaching Dubai, Mr Kalule said, all their passports were confiscated and males taken to work as domestic helpers.
He claimed they were forced to work under deplorable conditions with low pay, while girls were lured into sex trade in the brothels and nightclubs of Dubai.
“Our sisters who went are now sex slaves and are not paid for selling their bodies. Some have become sick and there isn’t any medical care given to them,” he said.
Story Source: The Monitor http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Youth-accuse-minister-of-involvement-in-trafficking-/-/688334/2690976/-/13mi8lb/-/index.html