Saudi Arabia says it will punish its people who are found guilty of torturing Ugandan migrant workers in the Arab nation.
This is contained in a statement from the Foreign Affairs Minister of Saudi Arabia to Uganda in relation to Uganda domestic Workers.
The permanent secretary of the ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb James Mugume and his gender counterpart, Pius Bigirimana, discussed the matter with the Saudi ambassador to Uganda, Dr Jama Raffa.
During a meeting on Tuesday February 2, 2016, the trio discussed trade and investment agreed on during President Yoweri Museveni’s recent official visit to Saudi Arabia on December 13 and 14, 2015.
Mugume expressed appreciation for the employment opportunities the king of Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries offer to Ugandan migrant workers.
However, the two sides noted with concerned media reports about exploitation and mistreatment of domestic workers in Saudi Arabia.
Both sides, according to the statement, agreed to take the necessary steps to investigate and verify these allegations and take appropriate action.
Meanwhile, Bigirimana told the ambassador Uganda temporarily banned the recruitment and deployment of Ugandans as domestic workers in any foreign country with effect from January 22, 2016.
He said those being exported by licensed companies will continue but working on strict guidelines of gender ministry.
The Saudi ambassador said his government will protect rights of all migrant workers and promised to deal with those who mistreated Ugandan girls.