In 2012, at least 600 Ugandan girls were reported to have been forced into Malaysia’s sex trade in what was later recognized as a human trafficking epidemic.
This led to the establishment of the Special Investigative Unit on Trafficking in Persons.
In Malaysia, Gen Tumukunde paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmed Zahid Hamid.
The two discussed bilateral issues in various areas of cooperation including technical cooperation and capacity building in the security sector.
Currently the UPDF sends one senior officer per year to Malaysia for training.
During the April 21 meeting, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister agreed to “work jointly with Uganda to fight the crime,” according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Minister.
Uganda has been working hard to to identify trafficking victims and stamp out this illicit vice.
The victims of the trade have in the past been abandoned in Malaysia, some en-route to Europe.
Since the Uganda High Commission in Malaysia opened nearly 3 years ago, 181 and 24 children have been sent home through direct interventions by the Uganda High Commission.
The Deputy PM hailed what he called “successful Education Cooperation” between Uganda and Malysia stating that that there was a vibrant Ugandan Student Community in Malaysia. Since 2016, 1560 Ugandans had been recipients of Malaysian Student visas, 560 of which had been issued between January and March 2017.
Lt. Gen. Tumukunde extended an invitation to the Deputy PM to visit Uganda in the second half of next year.
He was accompanied to the meeting by out-going High Commissioner Amb. Stephen Mubiru, Mr Habib Kagimu, and officials of the Uganda High Commission in Malaysia.