Hussein Abukar Hassan was reacting to reports from a local tabloid that accused him of soliciting between $1,000 – 2000 to grant Somalis Uganda National Identity cards.
According to the reports, Abukar is accused of calling for registration of Somali nationals residing in Uganda to register while he appeared on a Universal Somali Television Channel.
But addressing the press at his Kisenyi offices, Hassan brandished the reports as a ploy by propagandist to tarnish his image.
“It is true that I had an interview with the Somali Universal Channel TV last month but much as I called upon the Somalis who had resided in Uganda for over 20 years to register, at no one time did I mention that they have to pay me $2,000,” he said.
Hassan said he urged the Somalis to take the opportunity accorded to them by the Government of Uganda through the Internal Affairs ministry to register. “It this through this association that has united Somalis living in Uganda and the cordial working relationship between us and the Uganda government that we got the chance for the Somalis to acquire Ugandan IDs,” he said.
Commenting on the alleged human trafficking case being investigated by the Police’s Serious Investigations Unit (SIU), Hassan described the allegations as baseless and unfounded.
“Those allegations have been going rounds since last year but the SIU that received the allegations investigated and found them as totally false,” said Hussein Hassan.
When contacted, SIU commandant Charles Kataratambi dismissed the claims. “As far as I know I don’t have any file on Hassan regarding human trafficking,” he said.
Source: The New Vision