Gov’t scraps off certificate of good conduct as a requirement to travel abroad for work

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Gov’t scraps off certificate of good conduct as a requirement to travel abroad for work
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Cabinet has scrapped issuance of certificate of good conduct to Ugandans seeking jobs in the diaspora, except for those going to do security-related jobs.

Ugandans seeking employment abroad in any capacity were required to get a letter of good conduct from Interpol, which according to some, made the process expensive and complicated.

According to a letter dated October 8, 2021 from the Minister of Gender Betty Amongi Ongom, cabinet has scraped this off the requirements, save for those who are seeking to work in security.

The cabinet decision, according to Amongi, takes effect on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

“In lieu, this is to notify you that beginning Wednesday, 13th October 2021, all categories of migrant workers will not be required to present Interpol certificate as a pre-condition for travel except those traveling for security-related jobs as guided by H.E the President and Cabinet,” the letter states in part.

Amongi’s letter was addressed to Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, who is the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Amongi further requested Minister Otafiire to instruct specific and relevant officers who are required to operationalize the directive at the Airport, border points and Interpol.

On Friday, Interpol Director, Charles Birungi said that they were not yet aware of the directive from cabinet.

By writing to the Interbal Affairs Minister, Interpol is now informed since they fall under this ministry.

A number of Ugandans have welcomed the development on social media.

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