The Rt. Hon Speakers ask Government to repatriate Ugandans stranded abroad.
The Speaker has asked Government to fast track the process of repatriating Ugandans stranded abroad and other countries in Africa. She told the Members that she had received a phone call from Eddy Kenzo (Musician) who is stranded in Ivory Coast following the COVID pandemic. She called upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its mission in Abuja to help Kenzo and other Ugandans who are stuck in Ivory Coast to return home.
Kadaga highlighted that just like all other Ugandans who were stuck in a different part of the World, Kenzo was facing hard times since he has spent all the money and resources he had. She told the House that Kenzo had raised concerns about language barriers which makes it hard for him to communicate and seek any help.
The Speaker also promised to discuss the matter with the President to find a quick solution to Kenzo other Ugandans stuck abroad, saying “I will be informing the President about this matter so that he can be assisted. For Eddy Kenzo, it’s even worse because he is in a French-speaking country.”
Hon. Judith Nabakooba (Minister of ICT) while addressing the Press on the 26th of May 2020 revealed that the Government had approved close to 25,000 Ugandans stuck abroad due to COVID to return to Uganda.
The Cabinet Meeting held the 25th of May 2020 considered and approved the request by the Ministry of Foreign to repatriate Ugandans stuck abroad. The Cabinet further agreed that the stranded would cater to their flight costs and undergo the 14 days mandatory quarantine and testing upon arrival and their own cost.