The Uganda Association for External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA), an organisation that overlooks all external labour recruitment agencies has rubbished allegations from Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke about trafficking Ugandans into slavery abroad.
Last week, Nambooze, through her known social media platforms raised concerns about the health of 23 girls who were returned from Jordan where they had reportedly been sold into slavery by a recruitment agency called Marphie Agents.
In her Facebook post, Nambooze said some of the girls were helped off the plane in wheelchairs with broken limbs and scars on their faces.
She stated that Marphie Agents sold the girls to the highest bidders in the Arab World who have been treating them as sub-humans.
Nambooze highlighted that she came to know about their plight from a one Doreen Magezi who put through a distress call to her as her area member of parliament.
But in a press conference held today, Monday July 8 at Africana Hotel, UAERA has rubbished the allegations saying that Nambooze is only doing this for political reasons that are best to know her.
Speaking at the presser, Ruth Karungi, the Direction of Marphie International Recruitment Agency saying that Doreen was one of the many girls that came to them in a symposium that was held at Africana Hotel and they processed everything in the right procedures for her to get a job in Jordan.
“Doreen came to our company, we processed her passport, we trained and cleared her with a pretty departure contract and she was received in Jordan,” Karungi said.
Karungi said that Doreen worked in Jordan for three months until last week when she called her that she wanted to come back home to meet her family and their agency worked hand in hand with the agency in Jordan to makes sure that she comes back just like she (Doreen) had requested.
“I personally booked her flight on Fly Emirates but she missed her flight and she was placed on AirDubai. We received her and she recorded a statement on arrival,” Karungi added.
Karungi went ahead to show a copy of Doreen’s contract, visa and her current photo to the media.
Chairperson of UAERA, Andrew Kamaraho said that Marphie Agency is a registered company by the registrar of companies with a licence no. 143. He re affirmed that Doreen, just like the other 22 girls went to Jordan through a vetting process before saying that Nambooze’s claims are politically influenced.