Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tanzania Tightens on Permits
TALKING TOUGH: Mhagama said last week, the Commissioner of Labour will brief her on the progress of the directive which is expected to affect several hundred people across the country.

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - Tanzania has started an operation to expel foreigners using illegal working permits which may affect many workers, especially teachers, from neighbouring countries.

“We would like to inform all employers in the country that the Non - Citizen Employment Regulation Act of 2015 gives the Labour Commissioner and no one else has authority to issue work permits,” Jenister Mhagama  the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and People living with Disability, told a news conference.

Last week the immigration office in Dar es Salaam confirmed they knew of at least 350 foreigners in Dar es Salaam alone who are working without legal documents. Many private schools hire English teachers from neighbouring countries such as Kenya and Uganda.

John Msumule, Head of Dar es Salaam Region Immigration Office said from the biggest market in Tanzania Kariakoo to private English schools, their investigation revealed that many foreigners enter the country with a tourist visa, but end up working or doing business in the country illegally.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and People living with Disability), Jenister Mhagama, recently issued the directive on the crackdown.

She said the government will now carry out assessment of work permits after every three years to establish whether the foreign workers comply with the law that her office has been inundated with numerous requests for work permits after it issued a 14 - day ultimatum to ensure companies have valid work permits for their foreign workers.

“So far, there are many requests for work permits to the Commissioner of Labour after the 14 day ultimatum. The Commissioner of Labour will brief me on progress of the directive,” she said.

Mid – last month the minister issued a 14 -day ultimatum to companies that engage foreign workers to ensure the employees have valid and permanent work permits.

According to her, employers in the country must ensure that the employees join social security pension funds and trade unions of their choice. Adding that there were reports of foreigners working in the country without valid work permits, while others use the ‘carry on temporary assignment permits.

She cautioned employers with non - citizen workers holding the ‘carry on temporary assignment’ permits and those without valid work permits that they were acting against the country’s immigration laws.

“The government is issuing 14 days to all employers to comply with the Non - Citizen Employment Regulation Act of 2015, otherwise legal action will be taken against them,” part of the statement read.

By Timothy Kitundu, Sunday, January 10th, 2016

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