Uganda, Kenya security officials plan to tackle human trafficking

Uganda, Kenya security officials plan to tackle human trafficking
Security agencies in Kenya and Uganda have repeatedly expressed concern over increase in human trafficking across Uganda-Kenya border

Ugandan and Kenyan security officials have held a series of meetings along the common borders to discuss ways of stopping human trafficking.

Moses Binoga, the Commissioner in Charge of Human Trafficking in Uganda led the Ugandan team while Daniel Kirui, the Deputy County Commissioner in charge of Bungoma West led the Kenyan delegation.

Binoga told this publication in Lwakhaka Town council in Namisindwa district that the meetings were prompted by the recognition of the fact that was a lot of trafficking of Ugandans across the common border between Uganda and Kenya.

He explained that the human traffickers have turned their focus on Lwakhakha because of the porous border.

On his part, Daniel Kirui, the Deputy County Commissioner in charge of Bungoma West in Kenya, said they are ready to partner with Uganda to stop human trafficking.

He explained that many young women are trafficked to outside countries where they are exposed to exploitation and all forms of inhumane treatment.

Alex Mulokoyali, the Bukiabi Sub county LC V councilor asked government to set up income generating activities to employ the would be human trafficking victims.

He also asked government to encourage authorised labor export firms to set up their operations in Lwakhakha town council.

However, the Lwakhakha town council LC III Chairperson, Muhammad Kisongochi Murefu notes that while it is true human trafficking is on the increase but not all people who cross to Kenya have intentions of going for external employment.

He faulted Interpol officers of apprehending and reporting whoever is seen crossing to Kenya yet some of them have families across both borders.

Murefu called for close collaboration between the police and local authorities to end the vice.

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