By  Ivan Mubiru

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has canceled and suspended licenses of 10 external labour recruitment companies over failure to fulfill minimum standards required for the service.

According to James Ebitu, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, licenses of three companies have been revoked whereas those for seven companies have been suspended and their offices closed until further notice.

The companies whose licenses have been revoked are Sauman Service Limited, Fountain Security Services and Abroad Placement (U) Limited.

Those whose licenses have been suspended are Karibun International Limited, Elite Placements Consulting Limited, Labour Frontiers International Limited, Rokas Recruitment Services Limited, Fresh Mind International Limited, Swift International Recruiters Limited and Professional Recruitment Services.

“The public is informed to desist from the mentioned external labour recruitment companies whose licenses have been cancelled and suspended. Whoever deals with them, its agents or employees on matters of external labour recruitment and placement of Ugandan migrant workers abroad does so at his or her own risk,” warned Mr Ebitu.

Various reports have often revealed that due to ‘fake’ recruitment companies, many Ugandans end up in the wrong hands as soon as they set foot on foreign soil.

Cases abound of young Ugandan women looking for jobs forced into the sex trade in overseas countries after being frustrated by far less pay than previously promised by their agents who are in most cases unlicensed.