Pius Bigirimana, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development says the waiver in fees will only be applicable for Middle East countries that Uganda has signed bilateral agreements with. Currently, Uganda has signed agreements with only Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Uganda is yet to sign agreements of the same nature with Qatar next month, followed by the United Arab Emirates in the near future.
A new 2014 report by Child rights nonâ€“government organizations in Jinja shows an increase in cases of child abuse in the area. The most common abuse is illicit trade in teenagers below the age of 17 years for domestic labour which has led to other rights abuses like defilement, intensive labor all at a cost dictated by middlemen.