By Spy Uganda
Middle East Consultants limited, a labour exportation company which had been suspended by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, has resumed operations after its suspension was lifted by the same ministry.
The lifting of the suspension was communicated to the general public in a letter dated January 21, 2020, in which the Labour Ministry indicated that the Company’s license had been reinstated and allowed to freely carry out its duties of labour exportation.
The letter reads in part thus “Reference is made to your letter Re: MC/GEN/20/CN dated 16th January 2020 and the meeting that was held on the 20th January 2020 at the Ministry attended by Middle East Consultants, the representatives of the complainants and officials of the Ministry. Further reference is made to the Memorandum of Understanding dated 21st January 2020 between Middle East Consultants Ltd and the complainants. The Administration has considered the appeal against the suspension of the company’s license and accordingly lifted the same.”
The letter continues that; “The purpose of this letter therefore is to inform you that suspension of your company’s license has been lifted with effect from the date of issue of this letter. You are further urged to remain compliant at all times with the Regulations and Guidelines on labor externalization.”
While commenting about the issue, Andrew Sseguya, the Public Relations Manager, said they were back to normal business and already secured jobs for hundreds of Ugandans abroad.
“Our License that was previously recalled by the ministry has since been re-instated and our operations are back to normal. The company’s offices located on plot 21/31 Tank Hill Road Muyenga, are now open and we are duly executing our mandate as per the Ministry’s regulatory requirements,” he said via the company’s Facebook page.
When contacted for acomment, Gender ministry’s Public Relations Officer Frank Mugabi confirmed to this reporter that indeed the ministry had okayed them to resume operations after they complied with the rules and regulations governing the Industry,but also agreed to settle all the complainants.
Meanwhile,when contacted for a comment,the line minister Hon.Frank K Tumwebaze said he was yet to get a briefing from his staff on the matter since he had just switched ministry and had found when the matter was already with Lt.Col.Nakalema’s office. “I have not got a briefing on that matter, that matter was already being handled by Lt.Col.Nakalema’s office by the time I came in. I’m waiting to get a briefing from my staff,” he said.
Middle East Consultants Limited has been operating for eight years now as an external labour export recruitment company.
According to their website,the company boasts of having so far deployed over 19940 Ugandans in different job portfolios across the world.