Eve Mbasabye

Eve Mbasabye

Labour Exporters Protest Ministry’s ‘Illegal’ Move To Ask For Bank Details

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in a rare move wrote to all external labour recruitment companies asking them to submit list of employees and bank statement for financial year 2017/2018.

The letter date 5th June, 2019 and signed off by the permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana says the companies should submit as required a list of employees working in each company and the bank statements for financial year 2017/2018 through Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) 10th June, 2019.

However the companies have protested saying the request by the ministry is unlawful and tramples on human rights of said Ugandans. Export companies say that submitting bank statements is not a requirement under the Employment (Recruitment of Ugandan Migrant workers abroad Regulations Statutory Instrument number 62 of 2005 under which export of labor is regulated.

Also pointed out by the companies is the Bank of Uganda Final Consumer Protection Guidelines 2011under guideline 7(3) (a) which provides for safeguarding of consumer information and precludes financial service providers from disclosing information about a consumer to a third party except where the financial service provider is compelled by law to disclose the information or where the disclosure is made with express consent of the consumer.

Also, a bank statement falls within the definition of data which is defined under the Data Protectionand Privacy Act to mean “information that is processed by means of equipment operating automatically in response to instructions given for that purpose.

And section 10 of the Data Protection and Privacy Act provides for protection of privacy and states that a data collector, data processor or data controller shall not collect, hold or process personal data in a manner which infringes on the privacy of a data subject.

The Constitution of Republic of Uganda Article 27 explicitly recognizes the right to privacy and calls for its protection. The companies urge that privacy is a fundamental human right enshrined in numerous international human rights instruments such as Article 12 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We Are Being Investigated, Mutebile Confirms

The Bank of Uganda governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile has confirmed that State House Anti-Corruption Unit is investigating a matter concerning anomaly in the inventory of the expected consignment.

The governor in a press statement said he himself invited the corruption fighting body upon realizing the anomaly. “On April 27, 2019, the Bank of Uganda (BOU) received a consignment. During the verification process, BoU staff reported an anomaly in the inventory of the expected consignment.

Therefore, I requested the Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of State House to investigate the matter. The ACU has started investigations and Bank of Uganda is fully co-operating with the process,” Mutebile said in a statement.

State House Anti Corruption Unit head, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, on her part, in a separate press statement said they are working with the Criminal Investigation Directorate of the Police. She confirmed that the investigation is being carried out following an invitation by central bank governor.

“The matter under investigation involves a recent procurement consignment. A number of senior personnel, customs and civil aviation authority personnel are being question,” the soldier said.

While both officials didn’t divulge details of the consignment, it has been widely reported in the media, following Nakalema’s unit raid on Bank of Uganda offices, that the scandal involves the central bank’s procurement and printing of currency notes and airlifting the money to Uganda.

The Independent via URN quote a Bank of Uganda officials saying the central bank was alarmed by the extra cargo aboard the chartered plane that was only meant to carry currency.

The plane had 25 pallets containing Ugandan currency but only 20 belonged to BoU. The pallets, according to the official were intact when they received them at BOU in Kampala but there was one problem – the non-authorized cargo on the plane.

By law the plane chartered to transport the currency notes must only carry the notes as ordered for printing and delivery.

Victoria University Crowns Miss, Mr University

This year’s Miss and Mr Victoria University were Saturday evening crowned at a pompous event which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Achan Nhial Bol, a student of bachelor of nursing sciences, and Robert Ssekamaanya, a student of Science in Oil and Gas, were respectively crowned Miss and Mr Victoria University.

Leah Kagasa, the reigning Miss Uganda, led a panel of judges who presided over the pompous function. Six female students made the finale for Miss Victoria University while only four males made the finale for Mr Victoria University.

Also Miss and Mr congeniality, popularity, creative and culture were recognized and awarded.

The event's sponsors included Speke Resort Munyonyo, Mpaka Records of Ykee Benda, International School of Modeling, Joram Model Management, Calabash Spa and Saloon, Yvonnetash, Awesome Beauty Parlour, and NBS TV.

21 Graduate At KISU With International Baccalaureate Diploma

Kampala International School Uganda was in celebratory mood as 21 students graduated with International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

This is the 10th IB graduation ceremony for the Ruparelia Group owned international school in Bukoto. The school director Steve Lang said IB programme is the most prestigious qualification. It is recognized by over 600 Universities the world over.

The 21 students are expected to be awarded scholarships worth $500,000 from Universities in USA, UK and Canada. “Our students have on the average performed above the world average. The world average is 29 points while KISU students have always scored an average of 31 points,” Lang said.

The student will get their certificates when International Baccalaureate Organization releases their examination results later this year.

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