Uganda's inhumane maids risk unemployment
04 December 2014, 16:31
Kampala - The assistant commissioner for Youth and Children, Mondo Kyatera has said that the government, through police is set to scrutinize all Ugandans who are taken to work abroad to bar people with inhumane characters from going for such jobs.
Those to be scrutinized are mainly domestic workers.
Uganda police have also advised Ugandans to first get details of the people they want to employ as house maids or shamba boys before they give them employment. This is meant to avoid recruitment of people with criminal records.
Police said they will be helping individuals with details about those they want to employ as house maids.
This comes after an incident where a house maid, 22-year-old Jolly Tumuhiirwe was filmed torturing a one-and-a-half year old baby while her bosses were away.
The video went viral and many people in Uganda and abroad condemned the act.
Kyateka said, ''Many Ugandans are taken to foreign countries to work but end up showing a negative image of the country and themselves which is not good for the nation.''
He said that scrutinizing all those intending to go for work abroad will go a long way in solving the problem of taking crooks who can easily tarnish the image of the country.
A good number of domestic workers from Uganda have been taken to countries like Saudi Arabia without being interviewed or their details taken.
Although the majority do their work well, there are some who misbehave and end up being deported.
Following the deadly act by Jolly Tumuhiirwe, the Saudi Arabia deputy Head of Mission in Uganda, Haza Al-Otaib sent the tape of the maid brutalizing a baby to his home country for viewing to enable any individual who employs Ugandans to beware of what some brutal Ugandan maids can do.
Uganda exports her labour both skilled and non skilled to foreign countries annually but with such ill acts, the chances are likely to fade.
Mondo said that the house maid tape has created a negative impact for Ugandans and the country.
''We are looking at areas where we can mitigate that impact,'' said Mondo.
He however advised Ugandans to emulate people in developed countries in order to avoid such incidents.
He said, ''We should emulate developed countries. In developed countries, someone cannot employ another person without knowing his background."
A cross section of Ugandans have welcomed the government's move.
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