By Mukose Arnold Anthony
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC is organizing parallel Labour Day cerebration in Njeru municipality slated for Tuesday as a protest of the national function in Ssembabbule since to them they meaningless and just used to swindle public funds.
Addressing a weekly press briefing on Monday morning at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Mr. Habib Buwembo the FDC national secretary in charge of labor and pension said that the current working conditions are unfavorable thus a need for alternative guidelines to government.
Buwembo added that the mistreatment crosses from formal to informal sector where Ugandans are being sold into slavery markets without government proper guidelines and follow up policies.
“As FDC, we have chosen to be part of this year’s international labour day celebrations and we’re organizing our labour functions from Njeru municipality under the theme:- The alternative labour policy that is supportive to Uganda’s economy” Mr. Buwembo revealed
“Under Mzee Museveni and NRM, some of the labor challenges include; harassment of laborers like journalists, lack of appointment letters to most employees at work creating an easy entry and exit, lack of contracts leaving employees’ lives at work in the mercies of the employer, modern slavery cases in the exported labor where young ladies and gents are sold, intimidation by army and RDCs whenever public servants demand for fair treatment and the recent Cuba medics allegations are all inhuman” Mr. Buwembo added.
“The functions will be whole event where FDC leadership and members shall participate, peoples’ government under leadership of H.E Rtd Col Dr. Kizza Besigye will lead his government, members from labor movements and officials from opposition political parties shall attend and we shall end the day with a football match between FDC Galacticals and Njeru fc” Mr. Buwembo elaborated.
When asked on whether they have notified police, the deputy spokesperson Mr. Paul Mwiru said that the Public order management act has been followed but not to ask for permission from the security and they don’t expect interruptions since their functions are far away from the national event.