The much-awaited police medical examination results have reaffirmed that Judith Nakintu, a Ugandan who was taken to Saudi Arabia for domestic work was criminally subjected to a kidney harvest.
A decision was taken at the start of last week to subject 38-year old Nakintu to another comprehensive medical test to confirm or disprove earlier reports that she was suspiciously returned from Saudi Arabia with the right kidney missing. Nakintu had been working as a housemaid in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia since December 2019.
However, after two months on the job, her family was informed that she was involved in an accident. The nature of the accident was however not revealed. But soon after the call, the family lost contact with her until March 17, 2020, when they were told that she was in critical condition and needed to return home.
For another seven months, they made attempts to return her home in vain, enduring rude responses from the owners of the company through which Nakintu went to Jeddah. She later returned in October 2020 and was taken to Mulago Hospital for a medical check-up, from where it was discovered that her right kidney was missing.
But Nakintu’s medical documents from Saudi Arabia indicated she was involved in a motor accident and sustained a kidney rupture. However, Nakintu’s relatives accused Nile Treasure Gate, a Kiwatule-based labour export company, of conspiring with medics in Saudi Arabia to illegally remove her kidney and disguise the incident as a road accident.
Police surgeons have now confirmed that Nakintu mysterious lost her kidney in a deliberate operation with no signs that she was involved in an accident.
Agnes Igoye, the deputy coordinator of the anti-human trafficking department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, quoting the police medical report and police investigations says there was a conspiracy between officials of Nile Treasure Gate and Nakintu’s employer in Saudi Arabia.
Igoye says the arrested Nile Treasure Gate proprietors and managers identified as Kato Abubakar, Salma Muhammad, Ali Hassan and Muhammad Mariam will be prosecuted to serve as an example to whoever is engaging in trafficking people for an organ transplant.
“She (Nakintu) was deceived that she was going for a COVID-19 test and only woke up later to realise that she was on life support machines. Her legs and arms were already paralysed. We have learnt she was working for Saad Duffer Muhammad who conspired to falsify medical results that she was involved in an accident and that her internal organs were intact,” Igoye said.
The security agencies led by Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) have submitted the case file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) for perusal and legal advice. Igoye and police say the quartet are likely to face charges of aggravated trafficking and fraud.
Nakintu left Uganda in December 2019 leaving behind her five children. Before embarking on a journey she thought would change her financial status but turned tragic, she was a market vendor in Mubende municipality.
She is currently a person with a disability as she is unable to walk, talk or sit on her own. She is often carried to offices and hospitals. Nakintu’s woes came out a fortnight after Milly Namazzi’s body was returned with two kidneys allegedly missing.
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