MPs Demand Database For All Workers In Uganda

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In short
The legislators want data of all local and foreign workers in the country captured, with a view of documenting those without work permits.

Parliament's committee on Equal Opportunities has directed the ministries of Internal Affairs and Gender to create a database of all workers in the country.

The database, the legislators contend, will be able to capture data of all local and foreign workers in the country, with a view of documenting those without work permits.
Muhammad Nsereko, committee chairperson says this will enable government track immigrants and quack investors who are operating in the country illegally. He says the documentation should state the workers' qualifications.
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The committee on Thursday interfaced with State Minister of Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania and Labour state minister, Herbert Kabafunzaki to get an update on the state of affairs in immigration and labour sectors.
The interface comes on the heels of a directive by President Yoweri Museveni that foreign investors must invest in manufacturing and not retail business.
While Kabafunzaki acknowledged the challenges in the rise in fake permits issued to foreign investors, he accused his Internal Affairs counterparts of excluding the Gender ministry from the Immigration Board to scrutinise and track them.
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Section 10 of the Investment Code provides that a foreign investor intending to engage in trade shall deposit $100,000, about 350 million shillings in Bank of Uganda.
Kania acknowledged that the immigration and labour laws governing foreigners are not strong, which has seen an influx into the country. He says the ministry plans to computerise its data to track their movements in the country.
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.