According to, Agnes Igoye, the deputy coordinator for prevention of trafficking in persons at Ministry of Internal Affairs- MIA, Igoye said the trio will not be subjected to any other trial in Uganda since the offences will be more or less the same. But she warned that the law provides for stiff penalties should one one be convicted the same offence again.
Ugandans who had been convicted of human trafficking have been pardoned by
the King of Thailand, His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn, as part of his generosity
act to mark his 69th birthday. He has also given them air tickets to return home.
to, Agnes Igoye, the deputy coordinator for prevention of trafficking in
persons at Ministry of Internal Affairs- MIA, they received a communication via
the Ugandan Embassy in Bangkok that Mary Nagawa, Rosemary Nabwire and Belinda
Namuli had been pardon after serving only 4 out of a 14 years’ jail term.
trio were arrested early 2017 with people they had trafficked from countries in
Africa including Uganda. The court found Nagawa, Nabwire and Namuli guilty and they were accordingly sentenced to 14 years in jail.
who has reigned on the throne for just over two years, has made it a routine to pardon
some convicts every time he is celebrating his birthday.
Igoye says the king
directed the corrections department of Thailand to work on their document and have
been handed over to Uganda Embassy with fully paid for air tickets.
of them (Nagawa) has already landed aboard Ethiopian Airlines, we have her at
our immigration department," Igoye said. "Immigration is now waiting for the remaining two to
arrive so that they can be handled accordingly."
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prevention of trafficking in persons Act defines a human trafficker as a person
who recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives a person, by means of
the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud,
of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the
giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person
having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.
said the trio will not be subjected to any other trial in Uganda since the
offences will be more or less the same.
“The three will not be convicted for
the same crime," Igoye said. "We hope that they will start their lives in a good way."
HOwever, she warned the forgiven women that they
should know that Section 8 of the prevention of trafficking in persons Act
provides for stricter sentence if a person is arrested, charged over the same
convicted on trafficking in persons has huge and everlasting implications on a
person’s life. In case such a person applies for a job, he or she must always
disclose that he was once a culprit of trafficking in persons.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.