The Magistrates Court in Mbale District has remanded a one Steven Kuremu to Maluku prison for allegedly trafficking Christine Nambereke to Oman where she died from a few months later under unclear circumstances.
According to the Mbale Grade One Magistrate Ms. Dorcas Zoka, Kuremu was charged with aggravated human trafficking and forgery before remanding him until September 24.
Prosecution asserts that Kurema trafficked Nambereke to Oman through Lwakhakha in Manafwa District to Kenya, before proceeding to Oman from where she died on March 10, 2019. Her body was later returned and buried in Laaso village, Bumbo town council in Namisindwa District.
The Criminal Investigations Directorate Spokesperson, Mr. Charles Twine noted that Government has enough evidence to prosecute the suspect because his case is appearing in the Courts of Law after it had been sanctioned.
“The case of Steven Kuremu appearing in the courts of law after being sanctioned means that the evidence we have collected is enough to prosecute him. We will not sit and watch as Ugandans die in the hands of human traffickers. We are ready to swing in action to arrest, prosecute, name and shame them,” he said.
Ms. Marriam Mwiza, the Executive Director of Over Seas Workers Voice Uganda (OWVU), an association formed to fight for the rights of Ugandans working overseas said they were happy the suspect had been charged and remanded adding that In Uganda It’s difficult for human traffickers to appear before the courts of law.
Ms. Mwiza claimed that the suspect has more other women he has trafficked to Oman illegally through the Lwakhakha border and are currently stranded.
“We request the government to help and rescue the stranded girls because most of them are ill and they need medical attention. Police should also intensify security at the Lwakhakha border, which has been identified as the easiest route to Kenya by traffickers,” she said.