KAMPALA: The Directorate of Interpol and International Relations of the Uganda Police Force has announced that effective May 17, bookings for applicants wishing to obtain a certificate of Good Conduct, will be administered through an online portal.
The move is in line with the ever challenging technological advancement as well as observing the healthy Ministry’s guidelines against the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures – SOPs. The new procedure will also reduce on congestion as well as corrupt learning tendencies at the Kololo based establishment.
The online application for a certificate of good conduct will require an individual applicant to obtain an e-mail address for easy communication.
However, consideration will be accorded to companies to use a single email in their bookings – allowing up to a maximum of 20 users at a given time, provided the email address is forwarded, to Interpol, in advance for configuration.
The Ag. Director – Interpol and International Relations, SCP Charles Birungi confirmed the development in a letter dated May 7 (attached here,Details of Online Application) addressed to the Executive Director, Uganda External Recruitment Association – UERA.
UERA through its over 200-member recruitment firms, countrywide, is one of the biggest clients in Interpol records.
“……. meanwhile from May 10 to 16, 2021 processing of Certificate of Good Conduct will be closed to enable us upgrade from the current system to the new one,” noted Afande Birungi in his letter.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said recently that online applications and booking of appointments would solve a number of challenges and ensure transparency in their operations.
The Directorate of Interpol recently made slight changes in the fees payable for the acquisition of a certificate of good conduct – increasing the figure by Ugx. 15,150 – inclusive of bank charges from Ugx 64, 300. However, some applicants, especially migrant workers were reportedly paying additional undocumented fees – tainting the image of the force.
UAERA officials welcomed the new development – saying it would ease the smooth flow of business.
“We believe that (the new procedure) will make the acquisition of the ‘Letter of Good Conduct faster, safer and more predictable, considering that one will be required to apply online and thereafter an appointment is scheduled; as opposed to (the system of) paying and after go and wait at Interpol HQ hoping to be served, which created congestion (because of) the big numbers of candidates that go through our members,” noted UAERA spokesman, Ronald Mukundane, during a chat with this reporter.
Uganda’s annual labour exports, mainly to Arab countries is estimated at about 100,000 workers, who take on employment as housemaids – contributing at least $1.6 billion, according to a Bank of Uganda, recent report.