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“Those who must or want to maintain the current staff can do that. Actually, some essential service providers might not have staff to alternate. Their permits will be renewed without any problem. But, in case an organization wants to bring another group of staff on board, it is also possible,” says Waiswa.
The Ministry of Works
and Transport has offered new guidance for government departments
and agencies, private companies and service providers listed as essential.
On Thursday last week,
the works ministry started an automatic
renewal of the electronic movement permits for essential workers
after the expiry of 14 days.
arrangement had not put into consideration the presidential directive of
working in shifts. With this directive, organizations; both public and
private, were expected to have about 10 percent of staff working in a
shift of 14 days.
Going by the directive,
staff who had been issued with travel permits in the first phase were expected to
stay home so that another group comes on board.
Bageya Waiswa, the
Ministry of Works Permanent secretary, explains
that the ministry has observed the oversight and has since instituted a desk to
handle this matter. He, however, adds that alternating staff might not apply to
all organizations or groups of essential workers.
“Those who must or want
to maintain the current staff can do that. Actually, some essential service
providers might not have staff to alternate. Their permits will be renewed
without any problem. But, in case an organization wants to bring another group
of staff on board, it is also possible,” says Waiswa.
He notes that organizations and service providers who
want to bring new staff on board will need to submit a new list of staff and
corresponding vehicles to the ministry of works.
government or private, which would like to have their staff alternated can
submit fresh names of staff whose vehicle needs clearance. Vehicles of these
new staff will be approved. But, those who were in the first shift, their
permits will be canceled,” says Waiswa.
secretary adds that those who are considering
alternating their staff will be given a contact person at the ministry. The
said focal person will be charged with handling the activation of new staff and
deactivating those whose shift has ended.
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Last month, President
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced a ban on the movement of cars across the
country as a means of curbing the rising cases of COVID-19. The only people who
were exempted from the ban are those who were classified as offering essential
services like medical workers, security forces, the media, utility services
The ministry of works
was given the responsibility of issuing travel permits for people working in
areas of Kampala, Wakiso, and Mukono. By last week, the Ministry of Works had
cleared over 20,000 cars to be on the road.