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CLARIFICATION ON A VIDEO CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA DATED 23RD JULY 2020 SHOWING 4 LADIES CLAIMING TO BE AT THE EMBASSY WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE.

Friday, 24th July 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE ON CLARIFICATION OF VIDEO ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The Embassy has learnt with concern a video recording dated 23rd July 2020 circulating on social media comprising of 4 ladies who were supposedly sleeping under a tree behind the Chancery for the past week.

The Embassy would like to clarify on the matter as follows;

1.    The ladies in the video are Ms. Musinguzi Jenerous (A00156913), Ms. Nabuwanuka Juliet (A00156638), Ms. Nabaterega Esther (B1603107) and Ms. Arinitwe Proscovia (A00078218). The ladies in question were all deployed by Raqam Wahed Recruitment Office in Saudi Arabia.

2.    The Embassy received a call from the Recruitment office on the late evening of 20th July 2020 informing that the Ugandan domestic workers had refused to transfer to another accommodation which had been organised and they wanted to come to the Embassy. The ladies refused to heed the advice of the officer who talked to them and decided to run away from the company accommodation the following day.

3.    On 21st July 2020, The Embassy received 7 domestic workers in total in addition to the above 4, others that came to the Embassy are; Ms. Nassozi Faridah (A00077666),Ms. Nabwire Fatuma (A00156917) and Ms. Birike Suzan (B1661616). We attended to them and registered their complaints and thereafter advised all of them to return to the company accommodation as we resolved their challenges and consider them for the repatriation exercise. The Embassy engaged the recruitment company to come and pick them.

4.    Unfortunately,the above 4 ladies in the video refused to go with the company and opted to camp at a tree which is located behind the Embassy. On realizing that they had opted for this, the Embassy officials further engaged them and tried to convince them to go back to the company accommodation otherwise they would face challenges while staying outside.

5.    On 22nd July 2020, the Embassy was engrossed in the repatriation exercise of the stranded Ugandans which consumed the better part of the day. This notwithstanding,the Embassy officials again cautioned these ladies on their option to remain under the tree and they again refused to heed the advise.

6.    On 23rd July 2020, the Embassy engaged the recruitment office and they sent a driver to try and receive the ladies, however to our surprise, the ladies had gone away from that spot.

7.    On 24th July 2020, 2 out of the 4 ladies (Jenerous and Juliet) contacted the recruitment office and requested to return to the accommodation. The owner of the office  then received them at his home and thereafter took them to the company accommodation.The other 2 ladies (Esther and Proscovia) have not yet reported to the accommodation.

8.    The Embassy also wishes to strongly warn all those individuals who mislead the already anxious Ugandans into unlawful activities that include absconding from duty(running away from work), misrepresenting the Embassy and the government of Uganda and misrepresenting the norms and traditions of our host country, that they will be held liable for their actions.

9.    The Embassy wishes to inform the Ugandans living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that whereas it is able to provide basic necessities such as shelter, food, medical care and clothing to her nationals, she is constrained and as such prioritizes those who do not have responsible recruitment companies which can receive and offer them the same.

10. The Embassy also reminds the general public that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a threat and therefore the lives of the officers at the Embassy are put at risk each and every time they attend to the public physically. In a bid to protect both the public and the staff of the Embassy it is important for all Ugandans to utilize the online systems for faster and effective service.

11. The Embassy wishes to reiterate to the general public, its commitment to extend consular services to all Ugandans living and working in its countries of accreditation.This commitment however is guided by the laws and prevailing situations of the host countries in question. Therefore, all Ugandans are called upon to follow the guidelines issued from time to time.

12. All events in regard this incidence were recorded and a copy of this recording can be found via our official social media channels.

In conclusion, the Embassy urges the general public and mainly social media users to disregard any misleading publications and always seek clarity from the Embassy before taking decisions.

 

Consular Affairs Section
EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

24th July 2020


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