BY OBED KITHENDE
A two – day training for Kasese District Local Government officials on how to handle cases related to Human Trafficking on Friday ended successfully with a call on the trainees to sensitize the community members about the tricks used to people involved in the practice.
Mr. Julius Twinomujuni, the Commissioner from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the major conveners of the training that was held at Sandton Hotel in Kasese town noted that they chose to train the leaders from Kasese district because of its location at the border.
According to him, boarder districts are at a risk of experiencing cases related to human trafficking to the neighboring countries.
Mr. Twinomujuni explained that in 2012, Uganda registered 421 cases while in 2022; the country registered 1,200 cases of human trafficking with the border districts being the victims.
He reported that the most affected groups are youth, children and women who are lured by some companies in disguise of getting for them jobs from abroad. He thus warns the community members from dealing with companies that claim to be taking people abroad saying some of them are fake and illegal.
Mr. Mr. Eliphaz Muhindi Bukombi, the District Chairperson who was among the trainees hailed the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the initiative of training leaders and attributed the increasing cases of human trafficking to domestic violence in many families. The Rwenzori East Region police spokesperson, ASP Nelson Tumushime told the participants the policing region is facing similar cases of human trafficking, pledging to use the acquired skills to train his fellow security officers on how to handle such cases.