Saudi Arabia : court awards 270m to Ugandan domestic worker Judith Nakintu in ‘stolen kidney’ scandal

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A Saudi court has awarded Ugx, 270 million to a Ugandan domestic worker, Ms Judith Nakintu, who lost her right kidney in questionable circumstances
She reportedly had her kidney “stolen” at King Fahad Hospital in Jeddah Saudi Arabia in unclear circumstances.
Nakintu lost her kidney when she was admitted after getting involved in an accident with her employer Saad Dhafer Mohamed Al-Asmari.



The Saudi court led by Ibrahim Mohammed Hamud Al-Mahyani found Dhafer culpable for causing the accident in which, Nakintu was injured.

“…convicting Saad Dhafer Mohamed Al-Asmari of the error in the accident by 100 per cent. Obligating the defendant, Saad Dhafer Mohamed Al-Asmari, to hand over to the plaintiff, Nakintu Judith, the indemnity for the aforementioned injury an amount of 271,450 Riyals,”

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How it started

38-year-old Judith Nakintu, a single mother of five who had separated with her husband was recruited in 2019 by Nile Treasure Gate Company, based in Kiwatule, , as a housemaid to work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
She arrived Jeddah on December 12, 2019. Two months after she had left, her family was informed that she was involved in an accident, although no further details were given.
Her younger brother, Robert Kadichi said at first, she was communicating with her family until she went silent.
On March 17, 2020, the family received information that she was in a critical condition. They tried to reach out to her boss asking him to send them photographs of her, but he reportedly blocked them.



For some time, there was no information about Nakintu’s condition, until October 30, 2021, when the family received a call from Nile Treasure Gate Company that Nakintu would land at Entebbe International Airport.
Upon arriving Uganda, she was taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital for a medical check-up. It was at Mulago that they learnt that she underwent a ‘mysterious surgery’ while in Jeddah and that her right kidney was missing.
Kadichi said when they met her, her left side was paralysed and she could not speak well, although she recognised them. It was further alleged that there are medical letters from Jeddah explaining her condition and they are contradictory.



In an interview, Nakintu said she was taken to the hospital by her boss who claimed she was to get vaccinated for COVID-19. She got injected there and lost consciousness which she later regained after some time.
The single mother said she doesn’t know what happened to her but she noticed she had some unexplained scars on her.

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