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Migrant Workers Leaving And Returning To The Country To Be Monitored

Migrant Workers Leaving And Returning To The Country To Be Monitored

The Office of the President has secured an office at the Entebbe International Airport to handle migrant workers. This is intended to facilitate the fight against the illegal recruitment of workers that are taken abroad to work. It will also provide an access hub for Ugandans leaving the country for work and returning home after working in the diaspora.

Amb. Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs convened a meeting following this. Representatives from Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, State House Anti-Corruption Unit were present.

Also, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, ISO, ESO, Aviation Police, Port Health, UAERA among other agencies sent representatives.

Walusimbi told the attendees that they have a directive from the president to streamline the labour externalization industry. He said this would ensure that Uganda gets out of the gray zone of human trafficking.

“We decided to first take a tour of the airport with the intention of familiarizing the team with the processes that migrant workers go through when going and when returning home. I commend the Director General Uganda Civil Aviation Authority Fred Bamwesigye, and the Director Airports and Aviation Security Eng. Sooma Ayub and the entire airport team for doing a diligent job. At all points, we found officials present, exuding good customer care and love for their jobs,”  Walusimbi said.

He further revealed that operations of this office will not only be at the airport but will also spread to the various border points. This will help citizens acquire the deserved treatment and be protected from inhuman labour exploitation tactics.

State House Anti Corruption Unit’s Capt Fredrick Bunoti said a WhatsApp account has been opened to the public. This will be used to report any exploitation cases.

He also revealed that unlicensed labor export companies are on their radar and will be brought to book.

“We have consistently received complaints about the ongoing malpractice not only in the health sector but also about trafficking in human activities. We are aware of the different rackets involved in this,” said Catherine Nassuuna, a principal assistant secretary in the office of the president.

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