Parliament to Investigate Labour Export

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Oulanyah directed the committee to investigate and report on the scope and nature of licensing regime for companies involved in Labour export.

The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah has directed the Gender Committee of Parliament to investigate labor export. The directive stems from debate in parliament on August 16, 2016 on the statement by Herbert Kabafunzaki, the State Minister for Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations.

During the debate, MPs resolved that the Gender Committee investigates labor export. However, the MPs agreed to come up with terms of reference before the Committee embarks on the investigations. This afternoon, the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah spelt out the terms of reference for the committee.

Oulanyah directed the committee to investigate and report on the scope and nature of licensing regime for companies involved in Labour export. The committee is also to ascertain the companies and the circumstances under, which they continued to export Labour from the date parliament resolved to place a moratorium on the sector.

The committee will also investigate allegations of abuse of Ugandan laborers by the labor exportation firms and any other individuals involved. Oulanyah expounds on the terms of reference for the committee.

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Parliament banned the exportation of domestic workers two years ago following complaints of human trafficking especially targeting girls for sexual exploitation and prostitution. While presenting his statement to parliament, Herbert Kabafunzaki, the State Minister for Labor, said the ministry was enforcing the ban on the exportation of domestic workers with some exceptions.
 

He said some of the companies have running contracts that would be verified by the verification committee appointed by the Minister to ensure compliance. Kabafunzaki said the committee would only okay the exportation of laborers once it is satisfied that the recipient country is willing to execute and adopt the standard employment contract for Ugandan migrant workers, without discriminatory terms against the workers.
 

Recently, media reports showed that some firms owned by senior government and military officials are among the top Labour exporters to the Middle East. The list reportedly authored by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development shows 58 companies that are licensed to export Labour.

 

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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.