Police in Kampala have arrested two people on human-trafficking charges after a 31-year-old woman was allegedly maimed to death in Jordan and her body repatriated to Uganda last month.
The suspects were arrested on Wednesday following investigation into the allegation of trafficking in persons reported at Katwe Police Station by Mr Moses Nyakana, the husband to the deceased, Juliet Nakiyemba.
Mr Nyakana told police that his wife left their home in August 2018, claiming she had gone to the village to visit her sick parents.
The unsuspecting husband then rang to establish whether she had reached her parents home safely, but attempts to reach her by phone were futile because she had blocked his calls.
After a few weeks, his wife sent him WhatsApp messages and voice notes telling him that she had flown abroad for greener pastures.
In September, Nyakana received a phone call from unknown people informing him that his wife was very ill and was to be repatriated back to Uganda.
“He did not take the call serious because she had barely spent a month in Jordan. He was then called the second time by another anonymous caller who told him that Nakiyemba was mentally ill and had committed suicide by jumping through a window of a five-storey building,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire.
It was then that Mr Nyakana reported the case to police in order to establish the company responsible for trafficking her to Jordan.
“It was established that Nakiyemba was trafficked to Jordan in the month of August 2018 through Rwanda by Al Saudi Agency. Al Saudi is a licensed company under Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development located along Kibuye Salaama Road,” Mr Owosigyire added in a statement.