Crime & Investigation

Inside Uganda’s Drug Trafficking Cartel


Speaking at the function, recipe the Permanent Secretary for the Internal Affairs ministry Steven Kagoda explained that the effect of the drugs cuts across on social, see economic and political spheres of life and stressed the need to fight trafficking.approved geneva;”>

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“We have found out that drug trafficking is directly related to illegal human and arms trafficking which can easily lead to political turmoil in the region,” Kagoda explained.

According to the permanent secretary, the vice has to be fought by not only police but by all the stake holders in the country.

The Director of CIID Grace Akullo revealed that Uganda has of recent become not only a transit but also a destination for drugs in the region which she said is alarming adding that over 71 Ugandans are currently serving death sentences in China over trafficking.

“We recently found out that cocaine comes from South America to Uganda and then to Europe whereas Heroin is got from Afghanistan to Uganda and then off to Europe,” Akullo noted.

She added, “Uganda has continued to participate in growth of drug trafficking especially marijuana as recently 1.3 tons were seized in the UK and the source was Uganda. If we were able to pass the anti -gay bill and other bills, why not pass anti-narcotics bill to help curb drug trafficking in the country? Our counterparts in Tanzania and Kenya have strong laws against the vice and the same should be applied to Uganda,” the CIID Director urged lawmakers.

The Deputy IGP Okot Ochora who represented the police chief noted that Uganda is not only a convenient transit route but a safe and profitable market for illicit drugs in the region.

“Drugs are everywhere including homes, schools and entertainment places. Traffickers use Busia and Malaba entrances and use roads to Entebbe Airport before flying out of the country,” Ochora explained.

The Deputy IGP however noted that with over time, the police anti-narcotics department will build a big intelligence network which he said would help handle the vice.

Since 2011, 49 suspects have been arrested and prosecuted in courts of law and paid fines to the tune of Shs35m.

However officials from police decried the presence of weak laws which they said have encouraged drug trafficking in the country adding that the maximum penalty for a trafficker is only Shs1m which they said is little compared to their Tanzanian counterparts where the perpetuator is fined 3 times the worth of the seized drugs.


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