External Labour Recruitment Companies, under their umbrella of Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) yesterday resolved to officially close business in the country.
According to the proprietors of Labour Recruiting companies, Eguru and Wandera have severally been pinned in allegations of accepting kickbacks from unregistered companies and persons, which often results into cases of illegal exportation of labour
Sources within the labour export industry have revealed that some officials in the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development are promoting a black market for labour export.
They said that while government officially suspended labour export due to Covid-19, some unscrupulous individuals in the industry are paying some officials in the ministry to traffic people out of the country.
“Some people are trafficking people through the porous borders with the knowledge of the officials,” the sources revealed
Sources further reveal that the companies through their association have several times written to the Ministry to have their concerns addressed but it has not acted.
They also said that the Ministry and government, through the COVID-19 Task Force at large have never engaged them on process of resumption of their duties, yet they are expected to be operational ever since President Yoweri Museveni gave a green light of the companies to reopen, following the resumption of passenger flights at Entebbe International Airport.
Besides the grievances raised during their meeting, the managers of Labour Export companies also said that through their association, Uganda External Recruiting Association (UERA), they have severally written to the Ministry seeking audience and possible redress for their grievances, but instead they have been frustrated, yet they are licensed for operation and are not only creating employment opportunities but paying taxes too.