EAC: Cut the red tape in issuarance of work permits

Editor, Reaction to the story, “Rwanda reaping benefits as EAC member – Rugwabiza” (The New Times, April 13) Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza does not in the interview tackle the issuance of work permits. As a Rwandan working in Nairobi, the issuance of work permits is too bureaucratic and at times corrupt.
Rwandan nationals travel to Uganda using their identity cards last year. The initiative was introduced to facilitate free movement in the region. (File)
Rwandan nationals travel to Uganda using their identity cards last year. The initiative was introduced to facilitate free movement in the region. (File)

Editor,

Reaction to the story, “Rwanda reaping benefits as EAC member – Rugwabiza” (The New Times, April 13)

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza does not in the interview tackle the issuance of work permits. As a Rwandan working in Nairobi, the issuance of work permits is too bureaucratic and at times corrupt.

We are finding it a problem to work under these conditions and feel the need to have the Ministry of EAC, Directorate of Immigration and Emigration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs solve this issue as it is de-motivating. Alot of skilled, talented and hard-working young Rwandans want to have a global exposure to best practices and skills so that they can return with the required skill set to transform the national economy through a diversified human capital base.

How come on the Rwandan side, the process has been made easy and free of charge for other East Africans to get a work permit but for us when we get opportunities in these countries we do not see the reciprocal favour? I believe it is unfair.

Allan Kagenza

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