Government in Crisis Meeting Over Migration Worker

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Workers leave Entebbe Internationa Airport for work abroad

BY UGANDA VANGUARD

KAMPALA – State House Anti-Corruption Unit, has intervened into labour migration after couple of complaints of irregularities in the business. According to Frank Mugabi, Communications Officer, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development government agencies coordinating labour migration held a meeting Friday, 7th January, 2020.

“The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has this morning convened a multi-agency meeting to devise better strategies for coordinating labour migration. The head of State House anti-corruption unit, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has tabled a report on complaints so far registered by her unit and discussions are on to reach a revised modus operandi,” said Mugabi.

In attendance is the Minister of State for Labour, Hon. Rukutana Mwesigwa, acting Permanent Secretary, Mr Ebitu James, Director Labour, Mr Martin Wandera, Commissioner Employment Services, Mr. Egulu Lawrence and officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and security agencies.

Recently, a regional ministerial forum on labour migration took place in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

At the heart of the meeting was a discussion on how to harmonise labour migration policies in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Uganda’s gender, labour and social development minister Frank Tumwebaze attended the two-day meeting, alongside his counterparts from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

On Friday, he addressed a press conference at the Uganda Media Centre to expound on what transpired during the forum.

Wide-ranging objectives

To begin with, the forum looked to doing the following;

•  To discuss a harmonized regional strategy on negotiation of Bilateral Labour Agreements with the European Union and Gulf Cooperation Countries.

•  To share information on the trends, priorities, needs and interests of member states in order to foster safe and orderly labour mobility within Africa.

•  To enhance the knowledge and skills of Government, Stakeholders on the establishment of effective mechanisms of preparing migrant workers for employment abroad.

•  To discuss strategies of promoting and protecting the rights of African Migrant workers abroad.

•  To strengthen regional cooperation on labour migration policy.

•  To cooperate in strengthening the capacity of labour migration management institutions.

•  To promote regional cooperation in combating trafficking in persons.

There have been gross human rights abuse of Ugandans working abroad especially in the Middle East.

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