Sam Kuteesa, Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister yesterday on Saturday 11th April 2020, met with the Ambassador of China to Uganda, His Excellence Zheng Zhuqiang on the matter regarding situation of Ugandan in China.
The Minister conveyed the serious concern of the Government of Uganda on the harassment and mistreatment of its nationals.
He called on the Government of China to urgently intervene and address the plight if Ugandans in China. The Ambassador assured the Minister that China values it’s relationship with Uganda and other African countries. He said that the Government was taking steps to address the matter and undertook to take up the concerns of the Government of Uganda with the relevant authorities in China.
The meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb Patrick Mugoya and Uganda’s Ambassador to China, Dr Crispus Kiyonga.
This follows incidents where Ugandans working in China’s Beijing and Guangzhou have been evicted from their work places and spaces of residence.
As a result, they are spending their time on the streets as they carry on appeal to Ugandan government for possible evacuation.
Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs neither confirmed this development nor denied it.
“The Government of Uganda through The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda, as the responsibility to promote and protect the interest of Uganda and its Citizens abroad,” Oryem said adding, “Amongst other international issues we currently dealing with; we are aggressive following allegations coming from China about the mistreatment of Africans and especially Ugandans.”
Oryem noted that Ugandans in Beijing and Guanghzou are in touch.
“Our staff in Beijing and Guangzhou are in touch with the Uganda community leaders in both cities. Our top Diplomats in Beijing are engaging the Chinese authorities through their Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have this unfortunate situation corrected and resolved. We plan to make a formal Statement in Parliament next Tuesday,” he said.