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Clinician Arrested for Fleecing over 100 Million in Recruitment Scam

Musaasizi, who has been operating Loyal Medical Centre, is accused by 37 women of cheating them of their money on promises of securing them jobs in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. The suspect has been arrested by Bweyogerere police after 13 of the victims opened a case against him and others later followed.
Agnes Igoye

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Police in Bweyogerere, Kira Municipality, in Wakiso district have arrested a clinician identified as Samuel Musaasizi, on allegations of fleecing over Shilling 100 million in external jobs recruitment scam.

Musaasizi, who has been operating Loyal Medical Centre, is accused by 37 women of cheating them of their money on promises of securing them jobs in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. The suspect has been arrested by Bweyogerere police after 13 of the victims opened a case against him and others later followed.

Police have since brought Musaasizi’s case to the attention of the national coordination office of trafficking in persons under the ministry of internal affairs. In the records that have been shared with police and internal affairs officials, Musaasizi fleeced some of the victims of 10million Shillings, others 5 million Shillings while the least cheated paid 1million Shillings.

Agnes Igoye, deputy national coordinator of trafficking in persons’ office, said the victims have since explained that Musaasizi promised them jobs like receptionist, secretaries and cashiers.

Police and internal affairs officials have since established that Musaasizi successfully conned the victims of their money because the salaries he was promising them could enable them cover the money within a short period of their employment.

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One of the victims who paid 10 million Shillings used his house as collateral to get a loan from Centenary Bank. The Bank has since attached the property and owners have been given an ultimatum to clear the loan money or else it will be sold off to recover the money.

Another victim, according to Igoye, is an Information and Technology graduate and was also convinced to pay money that he was going to get a good job in Dubai. He also sold his motorcycle in order to raise the money Musaasizi wanted.

Police and ministry of internal affairs have since established that Musaasizi has never been a registered labour exporter. There is suspicion that he wanted to traffic the victims but he was yet to finalize his plans.

Musaasizi’s incident comes on the heels of internal affairs minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire's vow to take drastic measures to ensure all crooks in the labour export industry are dealt with. 

Otafiire said he had received information that some Ugandans trafficked to Saudi Arabia had been smuggled to countries like Thailand from they had their internal organs criminally removed and they were later fed to crocodiles.

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