By Our Reporter
Parliamentary committee on gender, labour and social development chaired by Nakasongola district woman MP, Margret Komuhangi, has recommended that government should meet the costs of treatment, rehabilitation and compensation of the women who were exploited in Iraq.
She said that government should compensate these women for neglecting them because they were trafficked to Iraq without the knowledge of government which is responsible to them.
While presenting the committee findings on the petition of Uganda women who were taken to work in Iraq at the floor of parliament, the committee boss Komuhangi said that, Uganda veterans development limited (UVDL) informed the girls that they were being hired to work for the American supermarkets in Iraq but when they reached in Iraq, their passports were confiscated and deployed them to work as house maids in Arab families.
Hon Komuhangi confirmed to parliament that, Ugandan girls were subjected to the worst human rights abuse such as poor feeding, non-payment, over work and abusive language.
She said that, the committee observed that, the Uganda veterans development limited did not do due diligence to ascertain the working conditions and the nature of work that the women were going to undertake in Iraq. “While interacting with UVDL, they admitted that they neither visited Iraq nor interacted with Mr Abasmi to establish the working conditions, the type of work and other crucial issues” She said.
She also confirmed to parliament that, there was no memorandum of understanding between government of Uganda and the government of Iraq at the time the women were being sent to Iraq .
The committee further recommended government to immediately suspend the license of UVDL pending further investigations by the relevant government agencies to ensure that UVDL repatriates the remaining women.
The committee also wants directors of UVDL be held liable and accountable under the laws of Uganda for failure to carryout due diligence which resulted in the Ugandan women being subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Kasilo county MP Elijah Okupa presented a petition to parliament on behalf of a group of women who were recruited by Uganda veteran’s development limited (UVDL) to work in Iraq and the petition was referred to the sartorial committee of gender to investigate on the petition.
“The people who are suffering in Iraq are our children. We want to know who is responsible on this problem. Our children are also suffering in Kuwait but no one is there to rescue them. It’s high time for the government to come out and react on this problem” Said Wakiso district woman MP Rosemary Seninde.