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Gov’t Halts Issuance of Certificate of good conduct for Migrant Workers

Premier Recruitment candidates selected for job placements abroad pose for a group photo before setting off for their flights. (File Photo)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Government of Uganda has announced that Ugandans seeking jobs abroad will nolonger need the obtain certificates of good conduct, except for those going to do security-related jobs.

In a letter dated October 8, 2021 from Gender Minister Betty Amongi addressed to the Internal Affairs Maj. Gen Kahinda Otafiire, the cabinet scrapped off the requirements for these certificates, except those who are seeking to work in security. This will take 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,” Amongi’s letter reads in part.

The development comes at a time when Ugandans seeking employment abroad were being tossed back and forth to obtain a letter of good conduct from Interpol, which according to some, made the process expensive and complicated.

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

Minister Amongi’s Letter

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

The Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA), also welcomed the move, saying that the interpol letters made their work difficult, since clients had to wait longer to get the letters.

Ronald Mukundane, the UAERA Spokesperson said that they welcome the move with open hands.

“It is a very positive move for the sector, we have been experiencing alot of delays, some emanating from this,” Mukundane said.


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