This article should be read by only locals, especially blacks of Ugandan origin. <—See how that feels if you are NOT a local or a black of Ugandan origin?
I have failed to get angry at the Shell and Bolton International advert; mostly because The New Vision ‘Class’ article drained a lot of my anger.
But I can’t ignore it, and I am on standby to applaud any newspaper that cares enough to run a serious story about this.
On our part, let’s agree that whereas these Shell and Bolton International guys have officially exhibited both stupidity and racism (thanks @spartakussug, for that one) by way of the below advertisement, we can’t just sit about and either moan or mourn (it’s an inside joke that only Ugandans will get – I warned you about such things in the very first sentence).
But first, the offending advertisement:
Now, my initial thought was that this ad was a forgery or a hoax, because many people are that racist but NOBODY is that stupid. Or perhaps it was some experiment such as the Hornsleth Pig naming one where a chap named Hornsleth got people in Mukono District (can’t recall which country) to officially change their given names to “Hornsleth” in exchange for a free pig.
The idea that it was a joke or a hoax was hardened because of the requirement for the applicants for Administrative Assistant to have a valid work permit; you see, the successful foreigner (Indian, Phillipino, White) applicant can’t have a valid work permit
if they don’t have a job because work permits in Uganda are issued to organisations, I thought.
I checked at http://www.workvisauganda.com/uganda-work-permit-class-g/ and didn’t find actual evidence of this, but someone else will confirm it soon.
But this suggested to me that Shell and Bolton International is either deceitful or seeking to bend the laws, rules and regulations of Uganda – besides the evidence that they were doing so by being racist.
Perhaps, I reasoned, that demand for a valid work permit is just to prove that you are capable of successfully being granted one, therefore making you worth their time to appoint before helping you apply for your next one…
This is where we begin to hope that Uganda’s Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control will come into play and rein in Messrs. ‘Shell and Bolton International Ltd.’ for trying to fill simple jobs with foreigners.
But while waiting for them to do so (See much further below for an update on this made on 24th October), I took an interest in the authenticity of the company overall, especially after the recent nonsense over one Eutaw Construction Company of Uganda…
…and a simple Google search gave me www.shellandbolton.com.
Now, sit back in a comfortable position before you read on, whether you are a foreigner, white or not:
At the top of the Home Page is the heading, “Head Office For Shell And Bolton International Ltd.”
The use of “for” instead of “of” raised my hackles as well as the use of the word “And” instead of the ampersand (“&”) that they have in the logo that is pictured right above this damn heading.
Those hackles were nothing – I then saw the photograph of said “Head Office For”:
Do you see what these guys did there? Aren’t you also wondering why the first photograph they have there is of the back view, farthest corner of their so-called “Head Office”? Moreover when the front view is so magnificent as displayed right below the first ka-photograph?
Atte, first wait; what is that Shell logo doing there in that top photograph? Is Shell And/& Bolton International Limited in any way linked to Shell the oil and fuel company?
So many questions. So much stupidity. So little time.
Speaking of the Shell logo, what are those other logos there? Are those all the companies that were mixed up to turn Shell into Shell And/& Bolton? One of them is Altran Group, another is Cygate AB, and a third is Integra Engineering AB.
Do you notice the ‘AB’ in those company names? That means the building in the photograph is most probably in Sweden – as this Wikipedia post explains.
If that is the case, then the Head Office For Shell And/& Bolton is somewhere in Sweden, right?
Wrong! But don’t worry, okyaali mu kilaasi because nowhere on their official website is the word ‘Sweden’ mentioned. (Meanwhile, see the bottom of the page for a photograph update taken today via Google Street View, in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County – thanks Mattias!)
Instead, we are told that the Co-Founders of the company are actually Canadian, but before we get to these individuals, we read:
No wonder they need an Administrative Assistant who must speak fluent English, I realised, but then read on and was starkly reminded of those poorly constructed ‘Made in China’ products and the scammer emails we get from internet-based princes and widows of filthy rich bankers seeking our bank account details.
And there is a whole lot more, but if you think that because many companies and even media houses don’t know how to spell words properly and punctuate sentences and paragraphs but are otherwise legitimate businesses, then this should be interesting:
Ladies and gentlemen of the Ugandan black public who cannot apply for the position of Administrative Assistant at Shell And/& Bolton International, I present to you one of the co-founders of the company, in the very broken English of the authors of this website.
That paragraph in the picture above alone should be comforting to you that you are ineligible for employment with this company in the lowly position of Administrative Assistant to people who would allow the above to be made public.
The entire damn website reads as if it was developed and is managed by a team of former Kampala Mayors inspiring ringtones and jokes…
The other co-founder is:
Eventually, the story goes, James ‘A’ Vance’s construction company was sold in 1961 and continues to operate. THAT company website, you should note, appears to be perfectly genuine!
Here it is: http://vanceconstruction.ca/
Update: Thanks to @jmakumbi, here are the original pages that helped the authors of this website perpetrate this fraud:
Dr. James Ferris McClaren was a real person and a serious one as stated here: http://www.engineeringhistory.on.ca/index.php?id=22.
And Dr. James Alfred Vance was also real and serious as stated here: http://www.engineeringhistory.on.ca/index.php?id=23
But let’s not digress into other companies. Read through the rest of the website and the fantasy sounds even more plausible than Eutaw Construction Uganda did. The power of the internet is in overdrive!
And your stupidity has to be in overdrive by the time you get to the bottom of the home page and fail to raise questions over this:
No! Ignore the mis-spelt word, since we read newspapers, job applications and official reports here every day and life goes on unhampered. WHAT ARE “Shell and Bolton Members”? How can we tell these are the ones? Is the lady front right an Administrative Assistant at the company?!
Again, thanks to @jmakumbi, this photograph was actually taken from OUR OWN WEBSITE for the Commonwealth Local Governance Forum held last year at Speke Resort Munyonyo: http://www.clgc2013.org/index.cfm
Anyway, as I said before, my anger was already drained at the stupid way some bad Ugandans just absorb this nonsense and so I thank God that I failed to raise more over this matter before I got to the ‘Contact Us’ page of the website which…well, see for yourselves:
The official contact address for this company that was started in Australia by people who grew up, lived, worked and are socially invested in Canada but have a head office in Sweden…is in Naguru, Uganda.
My fellow locals, especially blacks of Ugandan origin: CALM DOWN. This is nothing but a case of con artistry designed to rake in some quick bucks by some stupidly clever persons, and that’s not the only irony:
The reason they mentioned that “Must be a foreigner” is because they knew it would make their con more genuine.
HOW MANY COMPANIES IN UGANDA RESERVE CERTAIN JOBS FOR FOREIGNERS EVEN THOUGH UGANDANS CAN DO THEM VERY WELL?
THOSE companies are too clever to let you see what they do when they practice their version of racism; employing certain people to certain jobs rather than indigenous, local, black Ugandans or even foreigners who are black.
Seriously, point me to the “expatriate” closest to you and give me thirty minutes to present you with a Ugandan who could do the very same job they are doing. Choose from amongst the Chief Executive Officers, Marketing Managers, Road Engineers, Financial Controllers and let’s play this game?
Show me one company in Uganda whose performance is globally acclaimed because of an expatriate rather than a Ugandan with equivalent education, skills, knowledge and capabilities, so that I concede. Which expatriate employee in any of these Ugandan towns is such a treasure that without him the company would have been enjoying only ‘low-calised’ success?
How many work permits issued by the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control really fit the bill especially where a company has to provide “Proof of failure to employ a Ugandan”?
The fact is that all the people spitting fire and heckling about ‘racism’ would not have done so if the said damn Shell And/& Bolton International had quietly done their recruitment and taken on their ‘foreigners only’ Administrative Assistants, and nobody would have said a word while processing their massive payments in a currency influenced by their name NOT being Ugandan.
Most of you, as various columnists such as Samira Sawlani’s series illustrates, and our own life experiences show, would give Shell And/& Bolton International preferential treatment over Kasiwukira (may his soul Rest In Peace) just because of their name!
But now you are complaining about racism because somebody has said “I AM RACIST” yet if they had been racist without actually saying so we’d have been all kawa and continued playing the fool.
This nonsense has to come to an end soon, guys, and the mental laziness and slavery that allows it to happen should be stopped as soon as possible.
I wish I knew who first read and circled and circulated that offending advert because that person is A HERO! Why didn’t anyone at the advertising department of The New Vision spot this? Do they not read the finer details?
How many media houses in Uganda have stopped to actually look into this company and whether it is genuine? And have the authorities gone over yet to Plot 122 Katalima Road in Naguru to check on these agents of Co-Founders James F. McClaren and James A. Vance’s Shell And/& Bolton International Limited?
Meanwhile, let me just leave this here: http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=5RfXTRGg0hg
For the Police and other criminal intelligence people interested, please note (information sent to me by a person abovenamed but whose identity I am not revealing right here right now):
The website was registered by (firstname.lastname@example.org) and has its servers in United States .
Domain Name: SHELLANDBOLTON.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1836322721_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.hostmonster.com
Registrar URL: http://www.hostmonster.com/
Updated Date: 2013-11-21T14:25:18Z
Creation Date: 2013-11-21T14:25:18Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-11-21T14:25:18Z
Registrar: FastDomain Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 1154
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@example.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1 801 765 9400
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: SHAFFIC MUZANGANDA
Registrant Organization: PRO MEDIA SYSTEMS (U) LTD
Registrant Street: HOTEL EQUATORIA MALL BOMBO RD
Registrant City: KAMPALA
Registrant Postal Code: –
Registrant Country: UGANDA
Registrant Phone: +256.775200442
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: SHAFFICMUZA@YAHOO.COM
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: SHAFFIC MUZANGANDA
Admin Organization: PRO MEDIA SYSTEMS (U) LTD
Admin Street: HOTEL EQUATORIA MALL BOMBO RD
Admin City: KAMPALA
Admin Postal Code: –
Admin Country: UGANDA
Admin Phone: +256.775200442
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: SHAFFICMUZA@YAHOO.COM
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: HOSTMONSTER INC
Tech Organization: HOSTMONSTER.COM
Tech Street: 1958 SOUTH 950 EAST
Tech City: PROVO
Tech State/Province: UTAH
Tech Postal Code: 84606
Tech Country: UNITED STATES
Tech Phone: +1.8014948462
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.8017651992
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: SUPPORT@HOSTMONSTER.COM
Name Server: NS1.HOSTMONSTER.COM
Name Server: NS2.HOSTMONSTER.COM
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:http://wdprs.internic.net/
Last update of WHOIS database: 2013-11-21T14:25:18Z
And please applaud the speed of the “Commissioner Immigration”:
This is the photograph taken today via GoogleMaps Street View of the mbu ‘Head Office For’: