By Stephen Kalema
International Police in Uganda has issued a ‘last warning’ statement to companies that forge its certificate of good conduct.
According to Interpol director Assistant Inspector General of Police Fredrick Yiga they have recieved information that there are companies forging police certificate of good conduct and use them to take young girls to Oman where they are sold in slavery.
“I have always warned these companies because we know them and we have them on our watch-list. However, I want to give them the last warning. Next time I will publish these companies in the press,” Yiga threatened on Friday at Interpol’s headquarters in Kolol.
According to Yiga the real certificate of good conduct issued by Interpol at Kalolo and costs only Shs60,000.
“We have intercepted very many fake certificates at the airport through our surveillance and from the office of Inspector General of Police of Uganda. This is the last warning. This department is there to help you. Why do forge certificate?”added Yiga
This caution comes in time when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, issued a list of Ugandans who were arrested in United Arab Emirates with forged documents. Some, according to Foreign Affairs communication officer Moses Kassujja, were deported whereas others are still in custody.
In September, Pius Bigirimana, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development said government is investigating reports that Ugandan women seeking employment as domestic workers in Oman, are being trafficked and sold as slaves. In the same spirit, the ministry informed general public that there are companies/individuals who are not among those licensed to recruit and export labourers from Uganda. These include; Akra Ltd, Rock Business Agency, Sak Recruitment Service, and Global Skills International Ltd.