More than 100 Ugandans are stranded in Nairobi, Kenya where they were taken by a local firm with promises of jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar.
Surety International Placements Agency Services Uganda Ltd, headed by Jonathan Egalal, a Ugandan residing in the US, recruited more than 200 Ugandan youth, and promised them jobs in different countries as security guards.
Report says they are part of the group that was arrested last month and deported under suspicion that they were recruits for an unknown terrorist organization.
Fifty of them were arrested by the Kenyan Police and handed over to the local authorities. Over 100 of their colleagues remained in Nairobi, unsure of their fate.
Egalal is also the recruitment co-coordinator of Recied Jamming Systems, an international organization that reportedly recruits staff for embassies and people to work in hostile areas.
The leaders of the stranded Ugandans said they were recruited two years ago and given thorough training in different courses, which included dog handling and VIP protection.
He said their departure had delayed due to a conflict that emerged between their recruitment firm and another over their licenses.
According to some recruits, Egalal confessed that he did not have a license to take them out of the country, but assured them he was working on it. He accused another local security firm of sabotaging him.
But last month, Egalal’s firm called them and announced it was ready to take them for their jobs. They gathered their things and were transported to Kenya, which they were told was a better departure country.
Egalal reportedly has another company in Kenya that handled similar missions, called Surety Placements Kenya, Zambia Ltd.
The recruits were reportedly dumped at Kasarani, where they are confined to small hostels and depend on Egalal’s executives for food – usually one meal a day. They have no money and most of them cannot devise alternative means of survival.
Last month, a week after they arrived in Kenya, Police swopped in on 40 members of the group after being alerted by citizens. The following day, 10 more were arrested. The rest had nowhere to go, but await their fate.
Egalal had reportedly left for South Africa to make further arrangements for their flights. By Thursday evening, he had neither returned, nor communicated with them. Efforts to reach him were futile.
Deputy Police spokesperson Vincent Ssekate said the 50 people, who were handed over by the Kenyan Police, were released on bond as investigations continue.