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Migrant Workers Petition Government Over Delayed Clearance

A group of Ugandans who were set to leave the country to look for work in the Middle East before the Covid19 shutdown in March, have petitioned the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development seeking Government to look into their plight.

The group arrived at the Ministry with their petition asking to be considered by government like other sectors which have been reopened by the president.

Following the Covid19 pandemic, government temporarily suspended all labour exportation, and to this sate the ban has not been lifted.

Sarah Shaban one of the petitioners said she was the bread winner of her family and that she was forced to sell most all her assets to get the money for clearing the visa and documentation to travel abroad.

“Currently I am helpless because the land lord has chased me out of the house, I have nothing to feed my children being that am a single mother,” she said.

The group was allowed to meet the top officials in the Ministry for more than two hours.

In response to the concerns, Aggrey David Kibenge the minister Permanent Secretary informed them that numerous meetings had been held with the labor agencies to find ways of safely lifting the ban.

“The Minster met all stakeholders from the labour recruitment agencies and they agreed on a number of factors. We held two other meetings with them and it’s me who chaired them,” he said.

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Kibenge said the delay was because the ministry was still waiting for the Ministry of Health and the National Covid Task force to come up with guidelines and standard Operating Procedures that will be followed once normal operations for labour companies resume.

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