A job advert has landed Serene Suites, a major Hotel in Mutundwe in the outskirts of Kampala in hot soup.
The Hotel which sits a 10 minute drive from the city centre is being probed by the Equal Opportunities Commission, over an advert in which it sought only white applicants for its Hotel Manager post.
The avert which run yesterday Monday 12th February in the New Vision, also invited applicants for the position of Restaurant Manager, who should be “preferably an Indian person.”
The Commission on landing on the advert immediately wrote to the Hotel Management giving them three days to produce a written explanation as why they put out a discriminatory and law breaking advert in the papers.
The Commission which has been in operation since 2010 is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament to effectuate Article 32(3) and Article 32 (4) of the Constitution; with the mandate to eliminate discrimination and inequalities against any individual or group of persons.
The 1995 Constitution’s Article 21 prohibits discrimination among others on the basis of race, colour or ethnic origin.
Discrimination on these grounds is also prohibited in several provisions of the Equal Opportunities Act and the Employment Act.
“The Commission therefore found your advert discriminatory and an affront to the concept of equal opportunities,” wrote Lawrence Mujuni, the Commission Secretary to the owners of Serene Suites.
The Commission, he said, has already commenced investigations into the matter.
In the meantime the Hotel was ordered to halt the recruitment process as investigations carry on.
When contacted, the Hotel receptionist, one Prossy acknowledged the ongoing investigations, telling us,” Yes we received the letter from the commission.” She however declined to comment further on the matter.