Kadaga Calls For Ban on Exportation of Domestic Workers

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According to Kadaga, slavery is still acceptable in the Arab World hence the need to protect young people from ending up victims.

Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament wants government to ban the export of domestic workers. In her communication to the house this afternoon, Kadaga said some of the young people exported as domestic workers especially to Arab countries end up in slavery; suffer both sexual and physical abuse and go without pay amongst other forms of torture.
According to Kadaga, slavery is still acceptable in the Arab World hence the need to protect young people from ending up victims. She said Uganda is currently targeted since countries like Ethiopia and Philippines, which used to be the main source of domestic workers to the Arab World, banned the export of these workers.
She argued that, the ban will send a signal even to the traffickers to know that this kind of work is not allowed any more. Kadaga urged government to expeditiously enter into formal agreements with the recipient countries of Ugandan laborers so as to keep track of the type of employment Ugandans citizens are involved in.  

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But Mwesigwa Rukutana, the state minister for labor said it would be very difficult to implement the speaker's proposal since there are many Ugandans employed as domestic laborers in the Arab world adding that, most of them find their way there without government knowledge. "Do we seek to ban or regulate the exportation of labor?" Rukutana asked.

Rukutana informed the House that for the last few months he and other staff in his ministry have been traversing Middle East countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and others where Ugandans end up for domestic work with the view of streamlining the process.

He noted that there are a few other countries they are to visit before a report is tabled in Parliament.  Kadaga tasked the Minister to furnish Parliament with a report on domestic workers in Arab Workers before it breaks off on 18th December for a decision to be taken.

 The speaker's request to government comes following various incidents, where domestic workers from Uganda have reported cases of abuse against their foreign employers.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.