Following increased reports of drug trafficking by Ugandans into foreign countries, RX Radio Presenter Olive Najjuma has surmised that the country is inhabited by scores of drug dealers.
“I think what's going on is that drug dealers have deeply infiltrated the country because these guys have access to money. And what does that say about us? Does it mean that we have cartels within the country?” she questioned.
Olive was reacting to a series of drug trafficking reports that recently saw 29-year-old Caroline Birungi arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Aviation Police at the Entebbe International Airport. Birungi was trying to smuggle 90 pellets of narcotics that were hidden in her private parts to New Delhi, India.
Fatboy, Olive’s co-host, said that some people may argue that the recent spike of drug trafficking cases by Ugandans might have some political influence that keeps the activities ongoing.
“There could be certain people in certain places situated in certain positions who are allowing this to happen. Because in a country like this where we are super security conscious and security agencies are almost aware about everything concerning its citizens, how can it be that we have cartels operating freely?” he asked.
Olive noted that previously, the traffickers were being caught in foreign countries which induced arrests lately at the Entebbe International Airport, bringing into question how those who were arrested in India passed through the Ugandan airport undetected.
The two presenters further cited the analogy that some Nigerian men woo young unsuspecting Ugandan women and convince them to be their lovers with a motive of grooming them to become drug traffickers.
“This is no way intended to attack Nigerians but the police are saying that there are cases where Ugandan girls have been fooled by certain Nigerian traffickers who come and pretend to love and marry them and thereafter start grooming them to become drug traffickers,” said Fatboy.
Olive also added that other cases involve Ugandans being promised greener pastures abroad thus getting tricked into trafficking the narcotics. They further cautioned Ugandans to be aware of such activities which have severe consequences.
According to the Criminal Investigations Directorate Charles Twiine, a number of 10 girls are behind bars in Sri Lanka and India for drug trafficking, 4 of whom were sentenced to life in prison.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, Sarah and Lesham every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.