Bosses in the private and public sector should treat their drivers with dignity if the latter are to deliver quality services to the full. Article 24 of the Constitution provides for the respect for human dignity and protection from inhuman treatment. It expressly states that no person shall be subjected to any form of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Many drivers in this country are treated like third class citizens by their employers depriving them of human dignity and it is not surprising that many company vehicles are mishandled.
It is unbelievable that some bosses even sign for the drivers’ allowances and pocket it. Some drivers work late in the night many times either waiting for their bosses who are out drinking.
There are also situations where drivers work as houseboys or shamba boys when they pick or drop their bosses. They mop, cut grass, dress the bosses’ kids, fetch water, iron for the kids, the list is long and stinking. I plead with the Uganda Human Rights Commission and human rights groups in the country to address this violation of human rights at the work place.
Samuel Mweru Byachi,
SOURCE: Daily Monitor