The External Employment Management Information System; a system used by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development among others to confirm availability of jobs, vet labour export companies and counter human trafficking has broken down.
It was launched by the ministry in January, 2018.
Now since the system is down, external labour recruitment companies are stuck with thousands of Ugandans who are seeking to work abroad.
According to Daily Monitor, the online system crashed two weeks back under unclear circumstances and labour companies have been forced to suspend their operations after failing to get clearances from the ministry.
David Mugisha, the commissioner for labour at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development confirmed the development.
“Yes our website crashed and for the last two weeks and we were unable to clear the companies because we have been upgrading the system. It’s true for the last two weeks we have not been clearing because we couldn’t confirm from the receiving countries whether the jobs were there or not because the whole process is done online,” Mugisha told the local news outlet.
Ronny Mukundane, the communications manager at Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies said, “We had a system failure that clears the domestic workers to Saudi Arabia. But as we talk now, someone has just walked in from the ministry with clearances, so the issue is now sorted out.”