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Three Remanded over illegal Transplant of Kidney

Three men including an Indian national have this evening been remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly having lured a 22 year old student of Green Stars High School in Entebbe, Mathias Ssekyewa and removed his left kidney upon promising him 200 million shillings which he never got.
Three men including an Indian national have this evening been remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly having lured a 22 year old student of Green Stars High School in Entebbe, Mathias Ssekyewa and removed his left kidney upon promising him 200 million shillings which he never got.

 

The three; Christopher Ogwal, a Makerere University student, Lt Col John Kundu Wangusi (UPDF soldier attached to Entebbe Air Base) and  Vasudev Chaturvedi, (vice president of Krishna Institute of Medical Services in India), appeared before Buganda Road Court.

 

The trio denied the charges of aggravated human trafficking before Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe, who then remanded them to Luzira prison till tomorrow after their lawyers were not prepared with the paper work for their bail application.

 

According to the victim who narrated his ordeal shortly after court proceedings, says his woes begun last year when he was approached by his colleague who is now a suspect, Ogwal, about the lucrative deal.

 

He said they then arranged with Lt Col Wangusi, who then introduced him to Prof. Chaturvedi, who had ready market for the kidneys but in exchange for money, life insurance, a posh house in Entebbe town and a job.

 

Ssekyewa narrated that his tormentors then demanded that some tests be done on him here in Uganda and thereafter in India, which he allowed.

 

But in return, he said he also gave them the condition of first returning to Uganda to get consent of his parents before going back for the transplant.

 

However, his said his terms were never met as he was given a small cup of milk and three slices of bread and he passed out.

 

He said he gained consciousness only to discover that he was in an Intensive Care Unit and that his left kidney had been removed contrary to the agreement they had prior agreed upon of first of returning to Uganda to seek the parents’ consent.

 

According to the charge sheet, the accused and others at large, between the month of March and June 2012, between Kampala and Entebbe in Uganda and Krishna Institute of Medical Science in India, organised preparations for sending Ssekyewa to India for purpose of removal of his kidney.

 

A visibly weak Ssekyewa explained that the removal of his left kidney has made him paralysed the whole of his left side of the body, and that his manhood does not function properly.

 

Ssekyewa’s ordeal is just one of those many human trafficking incidences that the Ugandan jobless youth are facing as they search for jobs. Several quack firms have come up to entice these youths by promising them juicy jobs abroad but have instead ended up being sexually exploited and forced to do domestic chores.

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