Friday January 10 2014

23 Ugandans stranded in Kuwait

By Olive Eyotaru

Kampala- At least 23 Ugandans are stranded in Kuwait after their employer, a farm owner, allegedly confiscated their travel documents and threatened them with violence.

The Ugandans on Wednesday protested after the owner arrested two of their colleagues, identified as Mr Hassan Kavuma and Mr Abbas Kiggundu, currently in police custody.

Dr Rashid Ssemuddu, the Uganda Ambassador to Riyadh, accredited to Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrein told the Daily Monitor yesterday that the stranded Ugandans have sought refuge at a police station on Sura Block 5 in Kuwait City.

“The Ugandans claim that they were mistreated by the farm owner who made them work for long hours in very bad conditions and also harassed and threatened them with violence. The farm owner retained their travel documents and has refused to surrender them,” Dr Ssemuddu said.

However, Mr Assan Kasingye, the director Interpol, told the Daily Monitor that he has not received information from his counterparts in Kuwait on the matter, and referred this reporter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Henry Okello Oryem, the State Minister for International Relations, also feigned ignorance of the issue.

“I am not aware of that matter,” he said.
Dr Ssemuddu said one of his staff, Mr Mulekezi Daniel at the Uganda Mission in Riyadh is in touch with the group’s team leader, Kamya Bonny to coordinate their movements.