Ugandan Politician hold traditional prayers to curse Middle East over mistreatment of workers.

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KCCA Councilor Muhammad Ssegirinya

By Nangayi Guyson – nangayi.guyson@alleastafrica.com

 One of the councilors from Kampala Capital City Authority has launched traditional bush prayers to curse Middle East Countries for mistreating and harassing workers from Uganda.

Kawempe North Kampala Capital City Authority councilor Muhammad Ssegirinya was today seen in a video posted on Youtube leading a group of other men conducting a prayer in bushes to Curse Middle East countries for mistreating, harassing and deliberating killing Ugandans working in these Arab Countries.

Up to 65,000 Ugandans are doing odd jobs in the Middle East, according to the Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA).

Due to high unemployment rate in the country, many Ugandan youths have turned to Middle East Countries to look for jobs after selling family property to finance their travels believing that the ‘returns’ there would be higher than they would ever make in Uganda.

So many Ugandans are now working in countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar to mention but a few as cleaners, waiters/waitresses, drivers, tailors, builders, factory workers or security guards but there have  been continuous reports of mistreatment and killings by their bosses there.

In January 2016, the government banned the export of maids to the Middle East after it emerged that many Ugandan workers were being mistreated by their Saudi Arabian employers.

According to Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) Uganda receives $400,000 annual contribution in the form of remittances from workers in the Middle East.

Muhammad Ssegirinya is a great critic of Ugandan president Museveni who has ruled the east African nation for more than three decades.

A few years ago, councilors Muhammad Ssegirinya and now Kawempe South MP Mubarak munyagwa held the same prayer to curse President Museveni’s government.

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