On Friday morning, Lt. Col Edith Nakalema participated in a stakeholders meeting on a coordinated approach on safety of migrant workers hosted by minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze at the Gender ministry.
The Anti-Corruption Unit of State House continues to receive complaints related to the externalisation of labour.
“So far we have registered over 800 complaints, largely complaining about exports to the Middle East countries; Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar, Oman,” Nakalema noted.
The complaints received have been categorized as follows: money related complaints, fraud by labour export companies & private individuals under guise of taking them abroad and not taking them.
Distress complaints include; denied medical treatment, sexual abuse, torture, denial of food, working without rest.
Dead Ugandans. Relatives/friends can’t afford cost of repatriating the dead with the labour company being untraceable.
So far, the unit has coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to do the following; Repatriated 26 distressed girls from the Middle East (Qatar, Jordan, Dubai, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Oman).
The unit repatriated six dead bodies from the Middle East (Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia) and recovered UGX. 435million from Labour Export Companies that had refused to reimburse persons they were not able to export.
It has also coordinated the prosecution of four people including two Directors of Middle East Consultants Ltd. Lt. Col Nakalema.
She urged the ministry to streamline its regulatory regime in order to enhance compliance and monitoring of both the Employers abroad and the Labour Export Companies.
It is important to ensure that the welfare of the worker is safeguarded throughout the duration of the contract of employment, she added.