At least 108 Ugandans teaching in different schools in Nyagatare district in Eastern part of Rwanda have been found without resident permits and given one week to process them or face legal action.
On top of not having working permits, these teachers had no residence permits, district officials told KT Press.
Education officials in the district which borders with neighbouring Uganda say there are 188 Ugandan teachers living and working in the district – mostly teaching in private schools.
Juliet Murekatete, the district deputy mayor in charge of Social Welfare told KT Press that these teachers were discovered during an inspection conducted across private schools.
“We have given them one week to process the documents. We will do a follow up in collaboration with security organs to see if they heed to our directions,” Murekatete said.
In addition to lack of work and residence permits, Murekatete told KT Press that their academic papers did not match Rwandan academic requirements.
Rwanda’s Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration issues two categories of residence permits; Temporary residence permit and Permanent residence permit.
According to Ministerial order no. 02/01 of 31/05/2011 establishing regulations and procedures implementing Immigration and Emigration law, a foreigner who has a contract of employment of a period of more than ninety days (90) shall apply for a work permit within fifteen (15) working days from the day of entry in Rwanda.