Government Sets Up Committee To Probe Export Of Domestic Workers

A committee has be established to probe illicit exportation of Ugandans to provide domestic labor in foreign countries.


In a press statement released yesterday, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development revealed that the committee is expected to submit its findings towards end of March.

“In an effort to understand better the problem of illicit labour export; the nature and extent of violation of the rights of Ugandan migrant workers and ultimately propose evidence based reforms, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development on Friday 22nd January constituted a Committee to inquire into and inform him on this evil practice,” the statement reads in part.

Adding; “the Committee is expected to submit its Report to the Minister by 25th March 2016. The Committee welcomes contributions from the Public and accordingly any person desirous of providing information on illicit labour export and or the violation of the rights of migrant workers in the Middle East should submit handwritten complaints or information to the Director for Labour, Employment.”

The statement noted that the ministry in collaboration with other ministries, departments and agencies take measures to secure the lives and welfare of the Ugandan migrant workers who were stranded in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“Some of the measures taken include: provision of Consular Services to the stranded migrant workers by the Embassy of Uganda in Riyadh including visits at the detention centers, providing replacement travel documents and arranging their safe return to Uganda,” the statement reads.

On 22nd January, the ministry banned exportation of Ugandans as domestic workers.  Seven girls who were stranded in Saudi Arabia have arrived home