The Uganda police have issued a directive to all people employing housemaids to subject them to thorough vetting before hiring them, so as to reduce crime.
Dr. Fred Yiga, the Police Director Interpol and Peace Support Operations today asked Ugandans to get their housemaids screened for crimes before employing them.
Dr. Yiga says that “One of the mandates of Interpol, apart from ensuring international and regional cooperation in the fight against trans-national crime, is to reduce domestic crimes in the country.”
Dr. Yiga was speaking on the sidelines of the regional police meeting at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort.
He urged Ugandans who intend to secure the services of housemaids, or home workers, to approach his directorate to do a thorough criminal screening about them.
This is aimed at ensuring the households are kept in the know what criminal records the maids they plan to employ have.
Dr. Yiga says it reduces risks of trusting one’s home and children with maids whose backgrounds they hardly know.
The services according to Dr. Yiga are available at a fee of between Shs50,000 and Shs60,000.
Several maids have in the recent past been cited in numerous crimes committed at their bosses’ home, with most of them fatal.
A few days back, Jolly Tumuhiirwe was released from Luzira prison where she was serving a four-year jail terms for brutalizing a child belonging to her former bosses at their home in Kiwatule, where she used to work.