Labor minister says she will not ban labor exporting companies

By Deo Wasswa
Uganda Government will not ban labor exportation to Middle East countries regardless of the growing complaints of the Ugandan domestic workers being mistreated by their employers in these countries.

At the beginning of this week Mukono Municipality area member of parliament, honorable Betty Nambooze Bakireke, implored Parliament to prevail over government to ban labor export companies, over the mistreatment of Ugandans working in Middle Eastern Countries.

Addressing journalists at Uganda media Center minister for Gender, Labour and Social development, Janat Mukwaya said that she is not going to put a ban on labor exportation because it’s not productive.

She note that whether you put a ban or not Ugandan children continue to go abroad due to high level of unemployment in the country, saying they should only focus on finding a best way to place these children abroad.

The minister added that Uganda has signed more bilateral agreements to protect Ugandans working abroad, particularly in the Middle East.

According to her these countries among other includes Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries to ensure better working conditions for Ugandans working in these countries.

Mukwaya noted that apart from better working conditions, these bilateral agreements are also aimed at reducing unemployment in the country.

Currently statics from the ministry of gender labor and social development shows that there are over 80,000 Ugandans working in Middle Eastern countries.

Minister Janat Mukwaya’s comments come amidst of fresh uproar over the mistreatment of Ugandans working in Middle Eastern Countries.

Last evening Parliament directed the Labour Minister to give a detailed status report to the country, on exported Labor, indicating which Labor export companies were blacklisted and those granted license.

Hearing of the case against traffickers starts

By Sania Babirye

Relatives of man who was illegally recruited to the United Arab Emirates in promise of a job which he never got in the end have sobbed tears at Buganda road court as they narrated how their relative suffered in Dubai before he was returned and died eventually.

The victim is a one Njirwe Moses and was recruited by a one Arcadian Oliva promising him a job of carpentry when he reached in Dubai.

The case had come up for hearing before Buganda Road court chief magistrate court.

According to one of the relative Namakula Hadijah, her and the deceased met the suspect around old taxi park in October 2018 and paid in cash the last one million shillings out of the four million shlings to finalise Njirwe’s travel documents including a VISA.

She informed court that, the suspect instructed them to pay cash but not use mobile money and that after the said payment, Njirwe final went to Dubai hoping to start working at the beginning of November 2018.

However, the witness told court that after only staying two weeks in Dubai , Njirwe called them and informed them that he had been abandoned with no work or place to stay.

She further revealed that they contacted the suspect who had taken Njirwe but instead the suspect connected them to another person who asked them to send 1.5 million shillings to feed and shelter their relative.

Namakula added that since they did not have the said money they begged the suspect to have Njirwe returned back home and he eventually returned at the end of 2018 but shortly died after an illness.

The relatives now want court to compel the suspect to refund back their money since their relative never got the job promised.

These also told court that they borrowed the money to have their relative travel for greener pastures and that they are at the verge of being arrested because they cannot pay back the money they borrowed.

They also insist that the suspect had promised to refund back their money before Njirwe left but since then, all efforts to have her refund the said money have been futile.

The suspect is charged with three counts including Trafficking in person, obtaining money by false pretense and illegal recruitment of Ugandan Migrant woker abroad, charges she all denies.

Prosecution states that in the month of May 2018 in the Kampala district, the suspect recruited transported and transferred Njirwe to the United Arab Emirates by means of fraud and deception for purposes of exploitation.

The suspect is also accused of obtaining four million Uganda shillings from a one Claire Mbabazi by falsely pretending that they were taking Njiwre for a job in Dubai whereas not.

Prosecution further contends that the suspect while at old Kampala in Kampala districts without a license of labor recruitment, recruited a one Njiwre to the United Arab Emirates Dubai for a foreign employment.

The case has further been adjourned to the 15th of May.

FAO to partner with Agriculture ministry to create employment for youth

By Daudi Zirimala
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO says youth involvement in agriculture is still very poor due to limited access to land has caused high unemployment levels.

Speaking at the media dialogue Edward Tanyima FAOs Youth Programme officer noted that 75.2% of the Uganda’s populations 30 years below are living in rural areas and a few are involved in agriculture yet many youth are having indecent jobs across the country.

He says that FAO in partnership with the ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries will integrate youth employment in agricultural policies and planning.

Tanyima says that they have embarked on piloting of a value chain analysis tool for rural youth employment in Uganda and mapping youth employment potentials in selected priority value chains.

Two companies licensed to develop industries in three districts

By Wasswa Deo

Uganda Free Zones Authority has today handed over licenses to two companies to develop industrial zones in three districts including  Jinja, Masaka and Kalungu.

The companies include, Jinja based Nilus group limited and Uganda wood Impex limited based in Masaka and Kalungu.

Nilus  group limited will take on Tobacco leaf processing for export to Europe, middle East and Egypt while Uganda wood Impex limited will be dealing in timber processing and essential oils for export.

While handing over the licenses to directors of these two companies, Magret Banga, the board vice chairperson of Uganda Free Zones  Authority, said that this has been done in line with the government’s policy to market and promote investment in the manufacturing and processing sector in order to boost Uganda’s export.

During the event, the investors urged the government to prioritize those who invest significantly as this will encourage further investment and growth of country’s economy.

Nilus group limited will invest US $ 10.5 Million in this project due to start in August this year  and it is estimated that the project will offer 220 direct jobs and 1400 indirect jobs. Uganda Wood Impex Limited will be  investing US $1.2 million and hoping to employ about 60 people.



Kyamabogo parents worry about employment for their children after graduation

As 7,157 students graduate from Kyambogo university this week some of their parents are skeptical about their future prospects given the high unemployment in the country.

On Wednesday, Prof. John Ssebuwufu, the Kyambogo University Chancellors conferred masters, bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates on 1,973 students from various academic disciplines.

The graduation events are expected to last for three days. While most of the graduands are excited about their achievements, their parents and guardians are worried about the future.

45-year-old Rodha Asiimwe is the mother of Pamela Nankunda, who graduated with bachelors of Procurement and Logistics from Kyambogo University on Wednesday.

According to Asiimwe, although her daughter has graduated, she is worried about her future because of job scarcity.

Rev. Kenneth Byarugaba from Bunyororo Kitara Diocese in Hoima District told URN that they were happy having prayed for their children to succeed and graduate from Kyambogo university.

Byarugaba, however, said after making endless sacrifices, their major worry is finding a job for their children.

Despite this, Rev. Byarugaba remains positive about life and thanked Kyambogo University for being tolerant towards parents.

Despite being excited about her graduation, Pamela Nankunda said her worry is finding a job. According to Nankunda, her efforts to find a job immediately after her studies in May didn’t yield any results.

Nankunda argues that even if she opts to venture into self-employment her mother may not be able to support her since she has other children to cater for in school.

However, Arnold Namara, a graduate of Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance isn’t worried about employment. He thinks everyone has their own chance in getting a job.

Namara says he is ready to accept the challenge and hit the streets in search of employment.

International employment company on the spot over death of a young man in Qatar

The relatives of one Alex Mudamba who was taken abroad for employment by International Employment Linkages on Monday stormed the offices in Ntinda demanding for his body.

Mudanda’s mother Margeret Zziwa Mudamba says she got information from her son in  late July  that upon arrival in Qatar, he had been operated upon and one of  his kidneys removed without  his consent. Later, other organs of his body were also removed leading to his death at Hamad Hospital Qartar.

The officials at the company only agreed that the 17 year old boy had died after police was called in.

DPC Kira road Micheal Kasigire tells us that officials have written a statement promising to have the body flown back home by next week.

Earlier this year they were enormous reports about how Ugandans going to work abroad were ending up being mistreated and others dying due to poor working conditions.