Interpol Director Senior Commissioner of Police, Charles Birungi, says that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, they were issuing over 500 Certificates on a daily basis, which means they would collect more than Shillings 38million.
The government is set to lose more than Shillings 3billion following the ban on the issuance of Certificate of Good Conduct to people travelling abroad for jobs. Recently, the Gender,
Labour and Social Development, Amongi
Betty Ongom wrote to her Internal Affairs counterpart, Gen Kahinda Otafiire indicating that the cabinet has resolved to suspend the issuance of Certificate of Good Conduct.
“This is to notify you
that beginning Wednesday, 13th, 2021, all categories of migrant workers will
not be required to present Interpol Certificate as a pre-condition for travel
except those travelling for security-related jobs,” reads Amongi’s October 8th,
2021 letter in part. Previously,
all people travelling abroad for work would apply for the Certificate of Good Conduct from Uganda National Central Bureau commonly known
as Interpol –Uganda.
The certificate serves to confirm whether or not
the person has a criminal record and whether or not he is on the list of wanted
criminals in any Interpol member
states. According to records, the Interpol directorate has to collect at least Shillings 3 billion annually from issuing Certificates of Good Conduct.
For instance, Interpol
collected Shillings 3.9billion in
2020 from issuing the Certificate
of Good Conduct and Shillings 2.9billion in 2019, the lowest in the
last three years. Each applicant pays
Shillings 76,000 to access the certificate.
Interpol Director Senior Commissioner of Police, Charles Birungi, says that prior to
the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, they were issuing over 500 Certificates on a daily basis, which means they
would collect more than 38 million Shillings.
More than 97 per cent of
the certificates issued, according to Interpol are for external labourers. Ronnie
Mukundane, the Spokesperson
of Uganda Association for
External Recruitment Agencies- UAERA, says that they are extremely happy with the cabinet
decision to suspend the issuance of the Certificate of Good
Mukundane argues that the Certificate of Good
Conduct has been an impediment to
the recruitment process in general because it has been taking over two months
from the date of payment to the time of acquisition.
“The removal of this Interpol certificate has reduced the lengthy process even at the Airport, many
of the licensed recruitment companies have lost business because of this delay.
We are extremely happy that this removal will make the formal externalisation
process faster,” Mukundane said.
question of whether Interpol would not
be isolated since the Certificate of Good Conduct
is what has been keeping the area busy, Birungi and his deputy Joseph Obwana,
explain that the institution has very many duties it plays day in day out.
Some of these roles include coordinating with
other Interpol member states on transnational crime investigations, provision and facilitating the exchange of evidence in respect of
investigations of transnational crimes, provision of technical advice on areas of transnational
Police cooperation between Uganda and Bilateral, Regional and International
Other roles of Interpol include liaising with other Law Enforcement Agencies
in combating transnational and cross border crimes, overseeing joint and
regional cross border operations in combating crime, and coordinating all
matters related to the Extradition of fugitives in liaison with the relevant
Data of 2020 shows that Interpol issued clearance for 450 motor
vehicles and motorcycles thus collecting Shillings 27 million. Obama expounds that they conduct
operations targeting terrorism, stolen vehicles thus Interpol cannot be idle.
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UAERA elaborates that even the Certificate of Good
Conduct has been a source of Non-Tax Revenue to the government, the new
regulations provide other avenues of collecting the same money like payment for
every job vacancy is USD 30 by the licensed recruitment companies.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.