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Dozens conned in fake jobs scam at Java House

Dozens of youths may have been conned out of millions, with some paying up to Shs 900,000 in what has turned out to be a sham employment scheme. 

Many unsuspecting youths reported early at Java House restaurant at Village Mall in Bugolobi, Kampala for their first day at work and interviews only to be told that there has never been any announcements for vacancies.

They were purportedly invited for interviews by Dr Nickson Wakhungu who claimed to be a human resource director at Java House.

"Following your application to work with our new branch in Kampala, we are pleased to offer you employment at our branch with effect from November 13th, 2017," reads the letter Dr Wakhungu sent to Richard Ruyombya, one of the unsuspecting applicants.

A Java House restaurant branch in Kampala

The letter added that the new recruits were to undergo a one week training to learn about the restaurant's standards before being posted to their new workstations. 

Although URN couldn't independently verify the claims, it is alleged that some of the applicants lost Shs 900,000 each to the conman for employment.

It is now almost common practice in the country for job seekers especially men to pay money first or offer sexual favours for the women to get recruited into the few available positions. 

Java House assistant manager only identified as Alex, said a number of youths showed up this morning for interviews, but they were turned away.

"I can't tell how many they were because we asked security to send them away because we had not announced any jobs," Alex said. 

He declined to divulge further details on the matter and referred URN to Java House headquarters. A security guard from KK Security told URN that several people turned up for interviews as early as 7:00am. 

Samuel Ekuru, the head of security at Java House, says they also at first thought the company was recruiting and told the applicants to wait for the arrival of management.
He however, says when Java House manager later informed them that they hadn't scheduled any interviews, they ordered the applicants to leave, telling them that they could be victims of a sham scheme. 

"They were smartly dressed and some of them had come with their application letters. When the guys of Java House said they did not know them, they left one by one," Ekuru said.


0 #1 Odongo Richard Otim 2017-11-14 10:34
The co. Managers should also be investigated bse such a person cant be from far.

He could have connection with the co. The managers shouldnt have just chased them away should have heard their cases and told them to reported to police to clear the image of the co.

Chasing them away like dogs and your co. Name has been used is abuse to complainants who have lost millions in the name of the co.
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2017-11-14 11:25
Job seekers are in trouble in this troubled economy
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0 #3 rubangakene 2017-11-14 17:54
30 years! That's what is the trouble. Imagine some of the duped job seekers have degrees from the many sham university kiosks dotted around the country.

What is happening with Uganda? In order to solve the employment scarcity, the government should start a national service scheme like Tanzania to empower these vulnerable youth to run their own youth farms, road construction and house building, etc,.
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