According to the MPs, funds amounting up to 600 million shillings has been ending up on a bank account of Yassin Abdulaziz Musoke a labour officer based in Uganda’s Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia instead of the consolidated fund.
The two managers first appeared before Entebbe Grade One Magistrate Phiona Birungi, a fortnight ago, before whom, they were charged with five counts of Human Trafficking, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence. They allegedly forged documents of the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development.
They were promised a starting salary of 3.6 million Shillings for nurses and lab technicians and 7 million Shillings for doctors. They would also get free visas and air tickets. By that time, the average pay for a nurse was about 400,000 Shillings a month, while some doctors were earning as little as 700,000 shillings.
Pius Bigirimana, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development says the waiver in fees will only be applicable for Middle East countries that Uganda has signed bilateral agreements with. Currently, Uganda has signed agreements with only Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Uganda is yet to sign agreements of the same nature with Qatar next month, followed by the United Arab Emirates in the near future.