Middle East Consultants licence cancelled over debts

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A job seeker hands in his passport at Middle East Consultants office in Muyenga, Kampala

Government has revoked the licence of a fraud external labour recruiting firm, Middle East Consultants, for alleged extortion of money from job seekers.

The company picks money from people promising them jobs abroad which they do not get for them.

This resulted from a meeting held between State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Ministry of Gender officials, over 40 victims and the Middle East Consultant Limited.

During the meeting, the Director Labour at the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Wandera Martin, assured Lt Col Edith Nakalema that he would pursue the refund of millions of shillings to victims of extortion.

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Wandera pledged to expedite the payment/refund to victims of extortion by Middle East Consultants LTD, within 14 working days.

“We only want one thing. Settle all the debts. First of all under the law, you are supposed to only take money if you have offered a service,” Wandera noted.

He went on: Middle East is, therefore, not authorised to engage in the business of externalisation of labour. Anyone who engages with Middle East on any business regarding externalisation of labour is doing it at his own risk.”

Nakalema, on the other hand, was even sterner on the matter:

“Anyone caught advertising for Middle East on labour issues is arrested immediately,” she vowed.

Background:

In September 2019, Entebbe Chief Magistrate’s Court released two mangers of a labour export firm who were jailed for human trafficking and forgery.

Godfrey Kyalimpa, a recruiting and vetting officer and Benon Kunywana, a general manager, is accused of printing, issuing and distributing a clearance list for migrant workers from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, with the intention of illegally exporting workers out of Uganda.

Prosecution alleges that on February 12, 2019 between Kampala and Entebbe International Airport in Wakiso District, Kunywana and Kyalimpa printed, issued and distributed a document relating to immigration, to wit a clearance list for migrant workers Ref. LEA 74/286/11 allegedly from the ministry of gender, labour and social development, intending to illegally export workers out of Uganda.

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