UNRA Speaks out as Chinese Workers are Sent Home Over Work Permits

UNRA Boss Allen Kagina

At least three Chinese workers on the sensitive Fort Portal-Kamwenge road construction project have been sent back home due to lack of permits.

Informed officials told ChimpReports on Friday night that the move will send a signal to other contractors to ensure maximum compliance

It will be recalled World Bank cancelled funding for the several road projects over issues related to workers’ safety, dosage human rights and alleged sexual abuses.

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However, information pills government took up the funding but World Bank continues to monitor UNRA activities to ensure resolution of issues raised.

Action taken

Contacted, information pills UNRA Manager Media Relations Allan Sempebwa said the roads authority’s Executive Director Ms Allen Kagina had in several meetings reminded the contractor China Railway Seventh Group about the failure to comply to contractual requirements among them failure to process work permits for foreign personnel.

“The contractor- China Railway Seventh Group, was required to implement the action plan and to comply with the relevant laws and regulations to ensure the project which recently suffered World Bank Suspension of funds is fully compliant to laws of the country (Employment Act, 2006: Section 37 -Migrant workers),” said Sempebwa.

At the moment, the total number of Chinese expatriates on site is 18. Sempebwa confirmed that out of these, 15 have valid work permits and the remaining three without Work Permits but with Special passes have been sent on leave in China. This rendered them illegal workers.

Sempebwa further told this news website on phone that UNRA continues to push for compliance on all its projects to ensure ongoing works do not disadvantage livelihoods in anyway, be it social, or environmental.

“It is our position as an institution to enforce compliance on contractors with expatriates without proper working documents,” said Sempebwa.

“We believe they should be properly identifiable and should conform to the immigration laws of the country.”

ChimpReports has seen a notice sent out by UNRA in June last year informing all contractors and consultants on the commencement of a “verification exercise requiring all expatriate staff working on UNRA projects to avail valid entry permits, certificate of residence and works permits as required by the law.”


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