The Min­is­ter for State For­eign Af­fairs, Oryem Henry in­formed Par­lia­ment about the lack of labour ex­port agree­ments be­tween Ugan­dan Gov­ern­ment and the United Arab Emi­rates.

The mat­ter came up dur­ing the ple­nary sit­ting one 16th of May, while Par­lia­ment was de­bat­ing on the Com­mit­tee re­port of the For­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee on the Min­is­te­r­ial Pol­icy state­ment for the Fi­nan­cial year 2017/​2018. Chair­ing the house was Speaker Kadaga

The min­is­ter in­formed mem­bers of Par­lia­ment that any com­pany that is tak­ing Ugan­dans to work in the UAE is do­ing it il­le­gally for there is­n’t any agree­ment in place for Uganda ex­port labour.

“Dur­ing our re­cent visit to UAE as mem­bers of the Bud­get Com­mit­tee, we vis­ited Jaira State where we found a Labour Re­cruit­ment Cen­ter whose for all in­tent and pur­pose re­sem­bles a well-or­ga­nized slav­ery mar­ket.” Said Bu­tam­bala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi

Kivumbi also noted that they es­tab­lished that Ugan­dan girls were al­legedly be­ing mis­treated in the forc­ing 16 girls be­tween to com­mit sui­cide be­tween Feb­ru­ary and Au­gust 2017.

Kivumbi’s rev­e­la­tions fol­lowed a state­ment by Min­is­ter  Oryem, who said that there was no slave mar­ket in the UAE. He said that the al­le­ga­tions are in­cor­rect and a mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what is on the ground.

Oryem told par­lia­ment these state­ments have re­sulted in a diplo­matic protest raised by the UAE say­ing that they felt that their coun­try is be­ing put in bad light. He said that Ugan­da’s Mis­sion in the UAE has checked and found no slave mar­ket.

He fur­ther added that the UAE has asked Uganda to ex­plain how the mat­ter arose. Oryem up­dated par­lia­ment that they have since re­called Ugan­da’s en­voy to the UAE Nimisha Mad­hvani for con­sul­ta­tion to try to find means to re­in­state the diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Uganda and UAE.

Speaker Kadaga ques­tioned why Uganda has no agree­ment with the UAE yet many Ugan­dans are in the UAE. But Oryem ex­plained that the Min­istry of Labour is in the process of ne­go­ti­at­ing and hav­ing an agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries.

“ As a Min­is­ter, you should visit the al­leged slav­ery mar­ket and find out what is hap­pen­ing in the area, and re­port back to par­lia­ment”

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment de­manded a set-up of a spe­cial com­mit­tee to carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged mod­ern slav­ery mar­ket in the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) where Ugan­dan girls are re­ported to be sold off.

Kadaga then ruled that she would com­mu­ni­cate her fi­nal de­ci­sion on the mat­ter to­day.