Welding in Uganda: The Secret Of The Three Friends

mind geneva;”>This is often done by melting the work pieces and adding a filler material to form a pool of molten material (the weld pool) that cools to become a strong joint, doctor with pressure sometimes used in conjunction with heat, healing or by itself, to produce the weld.

Many different energy sources can be used for welding, including a gas flame, an electric arc, a laser, an electron beam, friction, and ultrasound. While often an industrial process, welding may be performed in many different environments, including open air, under water and in outer space.

In Uganda it provides great employment opportunities to people who have great and creative minds and are committed to excellence.

But this is not an easy ride especially for the youth who are trying to make their lives better and have a social status to maintain.


Like all jobs, earning a living from welding comes with risks. Welding is a potentially hazardous undertaking and precautions are required to avoid burns, electric shock, vision damage, inhalation of poisonous gases and fumes, and exposure to intense ultraviolet radiation.

But this has not deterred three young men in Kiwatule from earning a living through welding.

I had a chance of speaking to a few welders that work under KK Metal Fabricator, a makeshift workshop along Ntinda, Naalya road in Kampala on Tuesday.

They go through a lot of ups and downs but strive harder every day to in order to have a better life.


Edward Mubiru said welding is not a bad job at all but people abuse it especially among the youth.

“The youth are allergic to such jobs because they are always nicknamed and despised by their peers because they prefer white-collar jobs in banks and other corporate institutions,” says Mubiru.

Some of the encumbrances they find at work include losses incurred when customers do not appreciate work done and end up rejecting their products such as metallic doors.

Deo Bazekketa also adds their business tempo is sometimes affected by power shortage or load shedding.

He observes that they witness several cases of electric shocks which also affects and puts their lives at stake.

Alphat says their bosses and costumers are “very hard on us and never listen yet we also have day to day problems.”

And this is as a result of not being able to finish the work assigned to them in time.

He complains that they are also paid little money yet the job done is a great one but quickly adds: “We are patient and believe that all will get better.”

Alphat contends that “some costumers don’t trust us doing their work and prefer giving it to the experienced ones.”

They also add that materials are expensive and some are hard to get.

Bazekketa says they get materials from various hardware shops in Kampala since they are not able purchase them from roofings limited where they are manufactured.

“Getting materials from Roofings Limited is expensive since it requires more transport plus it’s a hustle to get them. The prices of materials used are not stable and this leads to incurring losses.”

Profits are for the bosses not for the workers.

Despite all odds, they young men have managed to lay good foundations for their families.

Mubiru has been able to buy a plot of land and build a two bed roomed house for his family in Kampala while Arafat pays schools fees for her little siblings.

They all say that all they need is a little help and a little appreciation for their work, since it’s the only job where they can get bread for their families and some money for their family members’ education.

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