During a diaspora and labour externalisation symposium, the UERA chairperson, Baker Akantambira, mentioned authorities has left Ugandans working abroad to their very own units, inflicting their widespread struggling.
He mentioned labour export companies assist Ugandans get jobs abroad, however authorities is meant to watch their welfare but it isn’t doing so.
“There is no integrated framework for the monitoring of the welfare of migrant workers. We have seen some countries like Philippines have put in place a monitoring mechanism for their migrant workers and is funded and taken care of by government but the same is not the case for Uganda. However, the Ugandan government has shifted this burden to individual companies yet this is not possible,” Akantambira mentioned.
“You are well aware that a director of a company in Uganda cannot do much outside Uganda. The most he can do is making a telephone call to find out the wellbeing of the person they externalised. The legal framework in that country is a problem. A girl is in a house suffering, what can you do as a director of a company here in Uganda to save her? The monitoring framework should be national and government should do this.”
He suggested the Ministry of Gender, Foreign Affairs, External Security Organisation and different authorities companies to shut ranks to guard Ugandans working abroad.