Museveni advisor seeks to highlight plight of Ugandan migrant workers through run

 The office of the presidential advisor on diaspora affairs has organised a run in which it seeks to highlight the plight of Ugandan migrant workers.

According to the senior presidential advisor on diaspora affairs, Amb. Abbey Walusimbi, the run dubbed “migrant stakeholders run 2022” scheduled for Sunday October 2, 2022 at Kololo independence grounds will be held under the theme “enhancing safe labour migration.”

He noted that the run will be a follow  up on the high-level diaspora and labour externalisation symposium held in May 2022 in Kampala.

“This will provide a platform for more stakeholders’ engagement to advance the call for safe labour migration and highlight possible ways of addressing the challenges in the sector. The event will as well highlight the different success stories and milestones achieved by the different players within the industry,” Walusimbi said.

He noted that the chief runner will be Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to guarantee our daughters, sons, sisters and brothers safety wherever they are.”

Background

Of late, a  number of Ugandans in the Middle East, especially girls have complained of poor working conditions that including mistreatment at work whereas others have had their internal body organs like kidneys removed.

Many of these have committed suicide over frustration at work.

There has been accusation towards both government and labour export companies for not doing enough to save the situation.

Whereas government accuses labour export companies of not taking measures to ensure they monitor the destinations of the Ugandan migrant workers, the companies have also blamed government for neglecting its role.

Recently, the Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) chairperson, Baker Akantambira said government has abrogated its role of monitoring the welfare of its citizens abroad and this has in turn left them with no one to superintendent over them.

“There is no integrated framework for the monitoring of the welfare of migrant workers. We have seen some countries like Philippines have put in place a monitoring mechanism for their migrant workers and is funded and taken care of by government but the same is not the case for Uganda.  However, the Ugandan government has shifted this burden to individual companies yet this is not possible,”Akantambira said.

“You are well aware that a director of a company in Uganda cannot do much outside Uganda. The most he can do is making a telephone call to find out the wellbeing of the person they externalized. The legal framework in that country is a problem. A girl is in a house suffering, what can you do as a director of a company here in Uganda to save her? The monitoring framework should be national and government should do this.”

However, according to the special presidential advisor on diaspora affairs, Amb.Abbey Walusimbi, whereas there is currently no proper monitoring for Ugandans in diaspora, government has taken up the matter.

“The president through his office of the diaspora affairs has intervened in that matter. The monitoring exercise had a problem but the President’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Gender have resolved to start the monitoring as a government. We can’t neglect our children who are employed in Middle East,”Walusimbi noted.

 

 

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