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Min. Tumwebaze Holds Multi-agency Meeting To Fight Labour Exploitation

By Keefa Nuwahereza

 The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has Thursday convened a multi-agency meeting to devise better strategies for coordinating labour migration.

During the said meeting, the head of State House Anti-corruption unit, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema,  tabled a report on complaints so far registered by her unit and revealed that discussions are on to reach a revised modus operandi.

Minister Frank Tumwebaze addressing the meeting

In attendance was the Minister of State for Labour, Hon. Rukutana Mwesigwa, acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development James Ebitu, Director Labour, Martin Wandera, Commissioner Employment Services, Egulu Lawrence and officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and security agencies.

This comes at a time when several Ugandans are being sold into slavery in Arabia and Asia by companies that promise them well-paying jobs abroad,  while others have lost millions of shillings to conmen purporting to  be working with labour exportation companies.

This kind of exploitation has also seen many Ugandans smuggled out of the country and sold to organ traffickers by companies claiming to be taking them abroad for lucrative jobs.

Many have died under mysterious circumstances and their bodies either cremated, dumped in oceans o smuggled back to Uganda and quickly buried without allowing relatives to conduct postmortems.

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