Kadaga said that the matter was a human rights issue and noted that the Minister for Gender labour and Social development needed to update the house on the situation of the stranded migrant workers on Tuesday next week.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Ministry of
Gender Labor and Social development to brief Parliament on the plight of
stranded migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.
Kadaga’s decision followed the presentation of a matter of national importance
by the Bugabula South MP Henry Kibalya who told the house that 43 Ugandans were
stuck in Saudi Arabia with no means of returning home and yet the recruiting companies
had turned a deaf ear to their plight.
Kibalya noted that the Ugandans had sought refuge at Uganda’s Embassy
in Riyadh but had to leave after the mission was shut due to limited resources.
He points out that when the local recruitment companies in Uganda were asked by
the ministry to get in touch with their sister agencies abroad the stranded
Ugandans were asked to sign new contracts which were however presented in
The companies refused to offer contracts in English Kibalya disclosed.
Kibalya asked the government to use its resources in the various ministries
like the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Office of the Prime Minister to help
the stranded Ugandans return.
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The Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebagala noted that there were many Ugandans
stranded abroad including in neighbouring Kenya. He wondered why the government
cannot arrange transport for Ugandans in neighbouring countries.
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Kibalya laid on the floor of Parliament, a letter written on the 19th of
January 2021 from the Ministry of Gender and Labour to the Uganda Association
of external recruitment agencies (UAERA) warning the recruitment companies that
the regulations of the externalization of labour place an obligation on the
recruitment agency to ensure that the wellbeing of the workers is promoted and
that they are amply protected.
The letter directs the companies to liaise with their partners abroad to ensure
that the stranded Ugandans are repatriated and that the ministry should be
updated on the methods taken by the 25th of January 2021. The letter was
written by Lawrence Egulu on behalf of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender.
Kadaga said that the matter was a human rights issue and noted
that the Minister for Gender labour and Social development needed to update the
house on the situation of the stranded migrant workers on Tuesday next week.