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24 Nov 2022

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Zawya

Saudi Arabia: Death of Ugandan worker sparks debate on the responsibility of recruitment cos. to repatriate deceased workers

"Uganda: Parliament to Investigate Labour Export Companies", 23 Nov 2022

The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has tasked the Committee on Gender, Labour and Social Development, to work with the line ministry to investigate companies involved in the export of labour to the Middle East.

This follows the rampant and unclear deaths of many casual labourers, especially girls working in the Middle East...

Speaker Among then directed the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to compel the company which hired the late Ayila to foot the repatriation expenses.

Nantaba, however, noted that the ministry had only managed to pay US$1,000 out of the US$3,400 repatriation costs and that the authorities in Saudi Arabia would proceed with burying the deceased if the repatriation costs were not paid by Thursday, 23 November 2022...

During the plenary, the Speaker proposed that the ministry ensures that the companies involved in export of human labour meet such costs whenever the cases arise.

“I gather that the companies involved in this trade must pay Shs100 million for a license; some of this money should be used to meet such costs,” Among noted...