Labor Export Agencies Instructed to Return Seized Passports to their Rightful Owners

Simon Peter Mundeyi, the Ministry of Internal Affairs Spokesperson. PHOTO/FILE

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | The Ministry of Internal Affairs, specifically through the Immigration department, has issued a warning regarding the retrieval of approximately 10,000 passports that have been confiscated by labor export companies.

Simon Peter Mundeyi, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, has disclosed that these passports belong to Ugandan individuals who were promised job placements in the Middle East by these companies.

This action follows the reports of over 100 women who have approached the ministry seeking the return of their passports, which are being held by certain companies that failed to fulfill their job placement promises.

Mundeyi further revealed that one particular company is in possession of 2,000 passports, which it had collected from young women aged between 20 and 22 years who had applied for overseas employment through them.

He emphasized that holding passports that belong to individuals is both illegal and against the government of Uganda’s regulations.

In addition to this, the Ministry of Internal Affairs currently holds more than 40,000 passports in their storage that have not yet been collected by their rightful owners.

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