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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.