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Uganda Outrage Over Shell and Bolton Racist Advert

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    By: Edison Akugizibwe

  • Oct 23,2014
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Shell and Bolton International, a company in Kampala, has touched off a social media firestorm after posting a racist advert in New Vision newspaper.

In the search for the position of “administrative assistant,” the company said it had ring-fenced the position for only “white foreigners.”

It read: “Qualifications: A Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, office management and other related fields of study from a recognized institution. 4+ years of working experience. Must be a foreigner (Indian, Phillipino, White).”

The racist company is based in Naguru, Katalima Road.

Efforts to reach the company’s proprietors were fruitless as our calls went unanswered.

However, a quick search shows that Shell and Bolton deals in hospitality and construction industries.

It opened up in 1962 in a city of New South Wales, Australia and has been operating in different countries in USA and many others

Ever since 1962 shell and Bolton claims to have constructed “so many projects including hotels, schools, commercial buildings including banks, shopping malls, wads and many others, in all continents Africa, Asia, Europe North America.

That such a high profile international organisation can pay for a racist advert in a main stream newspaper has raised concerns about the welfare and treatment of local staff at the company.

The scan of the racist advert in New Vision (Credit: Richard Guma)

The scan of the racist advert in New Vision (Credit: Richard Guma)

Richards Guma commented on Facebook: “This needs to be taken seriously. If there wasn’t an error in the advert, how are the black employees treated inside the company?”

He added: “Again some companies may discriminate but won’t go ahead to brag about it in a national newspaper.”

Bobmartin Baine described the advert as “pathetic!”

He inquired:”Aren’t we supposed to promote our home grown talent?”

Stephen Muhangi said the development “is very unacceptable” while Sara Awahyo said this was “disgusting from such renowned companies. Amin should come back and chase them away.”

Deputy Police publicist, Polly Namaye was not readily for comment on whether the law enforcement body would crack the whip on the racist company.

According to Chapter 4 of the Uganda Constitution, the law provides for equality and freedom from discrimination.

It reads: “All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life and in every other respect and shall enjoy equal protection of the law.

(2) Wthout prejudice to clause(1) of this article, a person shall not be discriminated against on the ground of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, or social or economic standing, political opinion or disability.

(3) For the purposes of this article, “discriminate” means to give different treatment to different persons attributable only or mainly to their respective descriptions by sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, or social or economic standing, political opinion or disability.”

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  • musoke

    That is what our country has turned to.These guys do no respect us just like our leaders despise us.They hear the leaders calling us lazy, thieves and just sleeping so what do you expect..

    • Andrew

      Agree. What do you expect foreigners to do when the so called educated Ugandans can afford being treated like rubbish by their leaders, yet continue to live as if all is fine. They must be ashamed of proudly bragging about being Ugandans because nobody takes seriously .

    • Kigozi Kawesa

      aren’t we mixing things and bringing issues out of context. Nobody has called everyone those names. There are definitely some who befit those descriptions, where do you place Kazinda, Obey and company?! Let us stand up against discrimination as a concern but divorce it from other differences we may have with individuals and institutions. You cannot accuse another of discrimination and make scathing and abusive attacks on your own. If you don’t treasure your system, why do you want others to?!

  • Atooki

    Like as I always said, there are the reasons why I always remember
    a former PRESIDENT IDI AMIN for how he loved his country. If President Museveni
    wants to contest for presidency for another term Please, let him review the
    reason why the foreigners are taking over Jobs from Ugandans, I don’t think there’s
    reason for the foreigners to advertise Jobs for themselves there’s no excuses
    like any other countries that needs help of foreigner’s,. Uganda is a stable
    country, Ugandans are well skilled,

    We need not foreign occupants to take over the jobs yet we
    have more than enough qualifications, experience and skills.

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