By Isaac Imaka(The Daily Monitor)
The First Deputy Prime Minister and deputy leader of government business in Parliament, Gen Moses Ali, yesterday said Cabinet has “already lifted the ban on exportation of labour”.
Gen Ali was speaking in Parliament—in response to a prayer by Bududa MP, John Nambeshe for government not to lift the ban— against what he termed as attempts by some parliamentarians to over step the boundaries of the Legislature and attempt to order the Executive around.
“As Cabinet, we already lifted the ban. These sorts of prayers should not be entertained in this House Mr Speaker. We have three arms of government: the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. Each has its own boundaries. That’s why some orders from Judiciary to this Parliament were dismissed using a word I have forgotten,” he said.
In January 2016, government banned the recruitment and deployment of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia and other countries, citing inhumane treatment by employers.
The ban came after a review of the processes and procedures relating to the recruitment and deployment of house maids as well as their working conditions in Saudi Arabia.
Early this year, external recruitment agencies asked government to cancel the ban on exportation of domestic workers to enable Ugandans tap into foreign jobs.
The agencies, through their umbrella body, Uganda Association for External Recruitment Agencies, argued that the ban has caused more problems in as far as recruitment of people is concerned because many people are unemployed.
Mr Nambeshe had asked government to delay the ban until measures to protect Ugandans who are taken abroad are fully put in place.
The Chief Government Whip, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa, said every necessary step has been taken to protect the interest of Ugandans.
“The ministry has done a lot of sensitisation ever since the ban was put in place, including hosting a sensitisation workshop for MPs at Hotel Africana,” she said. “The ministry of Gender should be ready to lift the ban because it is convinced that the necessary sensitisation and measures have been put in place.”
According to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda earns $35 million (Shs125.8b) per month out of the remittances of workers from the Middle East. This accounts for about 40 per cent of the remittances worldwide.
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