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Association of Religious Petitions Top Offices in Rwenzori Over Human Trafficking

In the petition, the association noted that there is an increasing number of Ugandans who have been trafficked to countries outside Uganda, where they are subjected to all forms of torture and turned into modern-day slaves. A number of Ugandans have lost their lives, allegedly as a result of inhumane and degrading treatment, especially in the middle east.
25 Sep 2019 18:20
Sister Jacinta Kasande reading ARU petition to the Rwenzori West RPC Ignatius Otongo in his office on Wednesday

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The Association of Religious in Uganda – ARU, an umbrella body for all Religious Institutes working in Uganda, has petitioned eight offices in Rwenzori Region over human trafficking. 

The petitioned offices include the office of the Resident District Commissioner – RDC, the Regional Police Commander – RPC, Kabarole District Police Commander – DPC, Kabarole District Internal Security Officer – DISO, Gender and Labor, Immigration Office and Kabarole District Community Development Officer, among others.  

On Wednesday, the association members, who were over 30 in number, walked from one office to another in Kabarole district with their petition that they would read out before handing it over to the responsible officers.

In the petition, the association noted that there is an increasing number of Ugandans who have been trafficked to countries outside Uganda, where they are subjected to all forms of torture and turned into modern-day slaves. A number of Ugandans have lost their lives, allegedly as a result of inhumane and degrading treatment, especially in the middle east.  

Sister Margaret Kabanywezi, the Coordinator of ARU Fort Portal Branch demand that the government works with the responsible labour export companies to ensure that the rights of those recruited to work abroad are not violated.

They also want all the recruiting agencies to guarantee that employers will not seize the legal documents of the employees like passports and identity cards, want the government to invest heavily in sensitizing people about the realities of human trafficking and provide social support to victims of human trafficking among others.  

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The Regional Police Commander Ignatius Otong hailed the association for showing concern and coming up to be part of the fight against human trafficking.

 

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Kabarole Deputy Resident District Commissioner Festus Bandeba told the sisters and brothers that the government is much aware of the issue and has already put in place programmes to address it.  He cites the Youth Livelihood Programme – YLP and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme – UWEP which he says are meant to give interest-free capital to the most vulnerable groups.  

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on their part, ARU members said they have started sensitizing people about human trafficking right from their families to churches. They also pledge to give the government support within their mandate to fight the vice.

Kabanywezi disclosed that they have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over the same.