Museveni calls fraud labour firms ‘enemies of Uganda’

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President Museveni has lambasted foreign labour recruiting firms for exploiting Ugandan youth seeking employment abroad.

“Many of our children go to work in the Middle East but labour exporting companies exploit them. They ask for Shs9 million. This is a big shame,” he said Friday while addressing NRM NEC meeting at State House Entebbe.

A few days ago, government 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.

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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.

“Nobody in NRM should be involved in such dubious deals,” Museveni warned.

“When you are in NRM and associate with them, you are also an enemy of Uganda,” he was serious.

Corruption

Museveni said, currently, Uganda’s only problem is corruption by government officials who waste a lot of time asking for bribes.

“…but I can assure you that I will have a very big war with them. I want to assure you that I will not tolerate corruption.”

On the question of stealing of drugs in health centres, Museveni said he has put a new state minister of health, Robinah Nabbanja, and knows she will handle that.

“I hope she will apply her weight which is not small to fight that.”

Museveni said some people want to invest in Uganda but you hear someone somewhere asked for shares in their company.

“Shares!! Those are enemies of Uganda. I will not tolerate corruption in this country.”

He said another issue for NRM to concentrate on is land evictions, especially in Buganda.

“I don’t support it and I will talk to some people concerned. These are the people who supported us when we were fighting to take over power.”

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