Police Move To Arrest Pastor Sematimba Over Human Trafficking


ailment geneva; font-size: small;”>Police sources have told that a special team of detectives has been put in place to cause Sematimba’s arrest the moment he returns to Uganda.

sickness geneva; font-size: small;”>He has reportedly been holed up in United States.

Sources said Sematimba’s Kampala-based Super Fm Radio Station reportedly sponsored visa applications for hundreds of Ugandans and met their ticket fees to US in April 2008.

While these Ugandans were expected to return on April 15 the same year, they all disappeared within United States.

Police now say they have cause to believe that the Pastor could be personally liable and should explain his role in this alleged human trafficking scandal.

The development comes against the backdrop of increased cases of human trafficking especially to Asian countries such as Malaysia where dozens of Ugandan prostitutes have been killed in horrible sexual encounters with drug mafias.

An investigation by the Parliamentary Committee on Equal Opportunities two months discovered appalling conditions in which Uganda sex slaves live in Malaysia.

Parliament in March gave the committee mandate to travel to the Asian country following a huge public outcry that dozens of Uganda women were being trafficked to Malaysia where some were killed in cold blood during horrendous sexual encounters with drug mafias.

Pictures of dismembered bodies of Ugandan women were splashed on tabloid covers as the enraged nation wondered what steps government was taking to address the contentious issue.

During their trip, MPs held meetings with Department of National Unity and Integration, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, the Section on African Affairs in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Home Affairs and also visited Kajang Prison.

The legislators discovered that the trafficked girls live in brothels which act as detention camps.

“The other group of detainees are girls rounded up either from the streets without relevant documents or those smoked out of the brothels which are housed in condominium houses mean to be places of aboard for low income earners; such accommodation are what the traffickers use as residences for the girls in the process of their prostitution deals,” reads part of the report compiled after a six-day investigation that started on March 3.

The MPs also discovered that Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not have tight mechanisms to stop the vice.

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume, however, said the ministry is trying to address the issue through an inter-ministerial committee, to come up with some solutions which may include asking the government of Malaysia to control or refuse liberal entry of Ugandan women into Malaysia and include strict scrutiny of the travelers’ destiny.


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