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)
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.”