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Nimisha Madhvani Uganda recalls its ambassador to UAE over slave trade allegations

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This comes barely a month after MPs said Ugandan girls serve as slaves in arab homes

play Nimisha Madhvani (Courtesy)

The Ugandan government has recalled its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Nimisha Madhvani.

Ms. Madhvani was directed to report to the "headquarters immediately for consultations" after UAE protested her conduct to Uganda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She was also instructed to temporarily "hand over office" while she is away.

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The authorities in the Arab nation accuse her of claiming that Ugandan domestic workers were being sold in slave markets in some parts of the country.

play Ugandan girls are “auctioned as commodities" and taken to serve as slaves in homes (Courtesy)

 

MPs on the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament said Ugandan girls are “auctioned as commodities" and taken to serve as slaves in homes, after a tour in UAE hosted by the ambassador in April.

They also revealed that about 16 Ugandan have so far committed suicide in Abu Dhabi this year due to frustrating and inhumane working conditions.

The friction has been growing since the claims were made and the Arab authorities have since then "literally refused to work with her".

Ms. Madhvani was appointed ambassador to Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2017 after President Yoweri Museveni made several changes to the foreign service.