Two Ugandans have been charged with human trafficking and 5 foreigners charged with Illegal Entry after they were intercepted in Budaka district.
It is reported that on 28.11.2021 at around 1430/c, 7 people using Motor Vehicle taxi Haice Reg. No UBJ 714V white in color, were intercepted by DPC Budaka at Nange I village, Nangeye Parish, Naboa Town Council in Budaka district.
The taxi was being driven by Apuwae Joseph, 54, a Ugandan and resident of Nabuta ward, Seeta, Mukono district, and his conductor identified as Ndugwa Ashiraf, 30. It was intercepted while carrying 3 Eritreans and 2 Ethiopians who had illegally gained entry into the country from Malaba and were on their way to Kampala.
Asp Alaso Immaculate the PRO Bukedi North identifies the foreigners as Dogso Erasmus, 31, old Ethiopian, an unemployed resident of Awasa Agaramarin, Ethiopia, Samuel Abraham, 25, Eritrean, resident of Asamara, Ziyad Abaala Duse, 31, Ethiopian, resident of Sili Nairobi, Kenya, Even Tesgabr, 23, Eritrean, resident of Jumuri Suburb, Nairobi Kenya and Luwam Debesay, 24, Eritrean, resident of Asamara who was carrying a child aged 2 years.
According to Alaso, the foreigners claim illegal entry owing to instabilities and conflicts in their country. That they are running to Uganda to seek asylum. The foreigners were brought from Kenya through Malaba on the morning of 27 November 2021 by a man only identified as Sam.
He later used other hidden routes to avoid the main road for fear of arrest until he handed them to one Apuwae Joseph to take them to Kampala to their relatives.
It is alleged that the same vehicle has been seen a number of times carrying foreigners which raised community concern. The police at Budaka were informed and a hunt for the same has been ongoing until they were finally intercepted.