KAMPALA - The Ministry of Internal Affairs is investigating a private firm for advertising a job and restricting it to foreign applicants.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Pamela Ankunda, told New Vision the directors of Shell & Bolton International had been summoned to explain their operations.
“We were alerted by the company’s glaring advert, but we also want to find out if they comply with the immigration law and other obligations,” Ankunda said.
In the press notice published on October 20, the company, with offices in Naguru, a city suburb, sought to recruit an administrative assistant, but stated that the applicant must a non-Ugandan and not African.
The notice specified that the applicants must be” Indian, Phillipino or white” must have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field, a valid work permit and be fluent in English.
Calls to Shell & Bolton’s Kampala office for a comment had, up to last evening, not been answered. The company’s marketing manager Claire Nakibuuka’s phone was off.
Officials from the company are scheduled to meet immigration, according to a letter from Anthony Namara, the commissioner of immigration.
The director of the company was asked to appear along with the list of all its foreign workers and their appointment letters.
However, by Sunday, spotlight on the company had shifted to its authenticity, as information on its website appears to have been fictitious.
Dr. Charles Niwagaba, the acting head of Makerere University’s Department of civil and environmental engineering, distanced himself from the company.
Soroti Municipality MP, Capt. Mike Mukula, Eng. Umaru Bagampande, the former dean of the school of engineering and Micheal Kyakula from Kyambogo University are also listed as directors.
Mukula, whom the company refers to as Rodney, features prominently on the website, which also has his photo and profile.
“They appointed us as directors, but when we became suspicious of their operations, we asked them to remove our names from all their publications. I am not part of them,” Niwagaba said