The bodies of five Ugandans who died working ‘kyeyo’ – local term for odd jobs, in the Middle East were repatriated back to Uganda to their families for burial.
The Middle East is a hub for many jobless Ugandans seeking gainful employment at fairly attractive salary remissions from doing house work, driving, providing security and other categories of duties.
As a result, many Ugandans are being linked to work abroad for the money at the huge cost of their lives.
Such was the case with two Ugandans – Alex Mujjuzi and Charles Bekalaze who died in the Gulf State of Kuwait last Saturday.
According to reports the two men who had applied to work as drivers both drowned in the Gulf Sea where they had gone to swim.
Their bodies arrived in the country on Thursday and taken to Mulago for postmortem by police before being handed over to relatives on Friday.
In a related way, the body of Moses Kiwanuka who was found lying dead beside his bed still in Kuwait was brought back on Wednesday along side those of two others who had died separately in Saudi Arabia and Oman.
This week alone, five bodies of Ugandans have been repatriated from the Middle East, raising concerns over the welfare of those who go there for work.