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EXCLUSIVE: Amama Mbabazi to Face UNRA Tribunal

The 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released on July 27, illness http://daniellebinks.com/wp-includes/template.php 2015 by the US Department of State has ranked Uganda in Tier 2.

In this category are countries whose governments do not fully comply with the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

Today July 30 marks the United Nations (UN) World Day against Trafficking Persons.

According to the United Nations, viagra buy at least 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Globally, stomach men, women and children are kidnapped, tricked, blackmailed, or manipulated into slavery, like prostitution, forced labor, or organ removal.

Human trafficking is a pervasive, global problem with severe implications for its victims. Most of these victims are lured into leaving their homes and countries to chase their dreams and to improve their lives, only to fall prey to exploitation as sex and/or slave labor.

Statistically, Uganda is witnessing a decline in reported cases of human trafficking. According to the National Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Office, there were 837 cases in 2013, and 293 in 2014.

However despite the success of awareness campaigns, Uganda still grapples with the challenges of counter-trafficking.

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The Trafficking in Persons’ report discloses that Ugandan women are fraudulently recruited for employment in the Middle East where they are exploited and forced into prostitution in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Moses Binoga, Coordinator of the Ugandan National Counter Human Trafficking Taskforce who was according to the report recognized among the eight global individual players who have been recognized for their personal commitment and efforts to stop human trafficking says the most notable cause of human trafficking in Uganda is poverty and unemployment.

“Poverty renders victims vulnerable and leads to rural-urban migration. Urban areas such as Kampala are the major transit and destination areas of internal trafficking,” says Binoga.

Binoga has worked tirelessly to bring together the government-led taskforce and the civil society coalition against human trafficking into one coordinated effort to better identify and assist trafficking victims at home and abroad.

With Mr. Binoga at the helm, the national taskforce has conducted training programs, created public awareness materials, held pre-departure information briefings for intending migrants, drafted guidelines on victim care for investigators, and is designing a national database in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration for sex and labor trafficking statistics.
Former Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi is expected to face the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Tribunal to respond to claims that he was involved in what a highly placed source described as “possible fraudulent acts” in the Katosi road construction scam.

Mbabazi’s 2016 campaign spokesperson Josephine Nkangi told ChimpReports on Thursday, more about http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-shipping-zones.php “as far as we are concerned, drug we haven’t heard anything of that sort. His name is not mentioned in any reports that we have seen.”

However, sources said officials from CICO, a Chinese company fraudulently procured by shadowy firm, Eutaw, to construct Katosi road are expected to testify that they gave a “commission” to Mbabazi.

The tribunal is also likely to hear that Mbabazi profited from multi-million dollar road construction deals as he was reportedly the front man of many Chinese companies in Uganda.

The source further said some CICO officials are being monitored to ensure they do not flee the country as the UNRA corruption probe digs deep into the dark world of dirty deals that cost the taxpayer billions of shillings in ghost works.

But Nkangi wondered why such reports are coming out now after Mbabazi’s declaration to stand for the 2016 presidency.

“Why now?” Nkangi asked.

“Had you heard of such things before until this week?” she added.

Mbabazi had also denied as baseless allegations that he “mortgaged” Uganda to the Chinese for personal benefit.

Byandala arrest

The development comes high on the heels of the arrest and detention of former Works Minister Abraham Byandala and top UNRA officials on 24 charges of fraud, corruption, abuse of office and influence peddling among others in the Shs 24bn Kyetume-Katosi road scam.

Byandala and interdicted UNRA officials – Eng. Berunado Ssebbugga (Executive Director), Joe Ssemugooma (Acting Director Finance and Administration), Apollo Senkeeto and Isaac Mugote (former banker, Housing Finance Bank) appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo on Tuesday afternoon before remanded at Luzira Prison.

Byandala was charged with influencing and  arbitrarily ordering the continuation of works on the road by CICO, after the said Chinese company entered into an agreement with Eutaw yet the latter  had breached its contract with UNRA  and the IGG had halted the works.

Security reportedly investigated the link between Byandala and Mbabazi in handing CICO the deal worth billions of shillings.

This is not the first time that charges related to corruption will be slapped on Mbabazi.

In 2014, Mbabazi who was living in fear of being arrested and charged in courts of law for money laundering and attempting to overthrow the government, directed lawyers A & P Akampurira to ask the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura and Director of Public Prosecution Mike Chibita to grant him particulars of the alleged offences, which he described as “politically motivated” and “trumped up” to curtail his “fundamental freedoms.”

Mbabazi’s lawyers wrote on November 5: “We jointly act for and on behalf of our above named client. Our client’s attention has been drawn to various print and electronic media reports indicating that your respective offices are conducting criminal investigations against him in connection with some Arab investors associated with National Bank of Commerce with intent to charge him with trumped up serious criminal charges of fraud and money laundering which are politically motivated.”

They added: “If the above is true, our client takes a very serious view of the matter. It is our considered opinion that this is a gross violation of the criminal principles of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and criminal law.”

The UNRA Commission of inquiry is investigating allegations of mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices in the Uganda National Roads Authority.

The five-member Judicial Commission, chaired by High Court’s, Hon. Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, is conducting its sessions at the Imperial Royale Hotel’s Equator Hall in Kampala.

Mbabazi was in September last year sacked as Prime Minister before being replaced by his childhood friend Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

The move followed reports that Mbabazi was clandestinely mobilising to replace Museveni as President.

He has since vowed to stand for president in the 2016 elections.

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