Normal business has resumed at the hitherto embattled Middle East Consultants Limited, after the Gender and Labor Ministry gave the company green light to recommence operations.
The Ministry in a letter dated 21st January 2020, said the company’s license has been re-instated and allowed to freely carry out its duties.
“Reference is made to your letter Re: MC/GEN/20/CN dated 16th January 2020 and the meeting that was held on the 20th January 2020 at the Ministry attended by Middle East Consultants, the representatives of the complainants and officials of the Ministry, further reference is made to the Memorandum of Understanding dated 21st January 2020 between Middle East Consultants Ltd and the complainants.
The Administration has considered the appeal against the suspension of the company’s license and accordingly lifted the same,” reads part of the letter.
The letter further reads, “The purpose of this letter therefore is to inform you that suspension of your company’s license has been lifted with effect from the date of issue of this letter. You are further urged to remain compliant at all times with the Regulations and Guidelines on labor externalization.”
Middle East Consultants had its licence suspended at the start of this year on allegations that they “flouted labour laws, and were involved in extortion, forgery, and violating human rights.”
The company was also ordered to refund all the money it received from clients seeking jobs abroad.
However, while commenting on the lifting of the ban, Andrew Sseguya, the Public Relations Manager Middle East Consultants said none of these accusations was true.
“As you may be aware, late last year (2019) and early this year (2020), a number of media houses reported on how Middle East was battling with cases of refunding money to recruits who had been delayed to be deployed to UAE made partial payments to the company,” he said.
“While it is true that some of our staff members were arraigned before authorities, it is not true that the company has been found guilty, as some negative characters have tried to put it using mainstream and social media.”
“We later learnt that those individuals were hired to damage our name, credibility and trust that we have tirelessly built for close to a decade.”
Sseguya said company’s operations were suspended mainly as a result of a problem with communication gaps between the company and the line ministry and not as circulated by those he believes were hired to spread ill information about them.
“As a law-abiding entity, which also believes in dialogue, we approached the ministry officials, held discussions and ironed out our differences.”
He added, “We would not like to speculate about the matter that is still before the authorities but we would like to re-assure the general public that we are more determined to continue serving Ugandans as always.
The ban, Seguya says, greatly affected them because they had just got orders from UAE and Saudi Arabia to supply over 1000 Ugandans in different companies for various jobs.
Nonetheless, he says, the office has opened work resumed normally.
“Registrations have kicked off because we have standing orders to take over 1000 people for jobs in the next 3 months”, Sseguya revealed adding that the company is to deploy over 100 bus drivers and 300 taxi drivers in Abudhabi and Sharjah, 200 male and female cleaners in Dubai and 350 male airport cargo handlers, 120 female service crew team members in Abudhabi and Qatar among others.