Around 27 Ugandans are stuck in detention centers in China after being arrested for illegally staying in the Asian country after their visas expired.
Sources near the Ugandan embassy in Beijing, China, spoke about it Condition of anonymity, said detainees include students who have completed their studies and are supposed to return but unable to travel due to lockdown restrictions.
“The majority of them are being held in Hebei and Beijing for cases in In connection with. Imprisoned visa overruns and illegal employment, “said a letter from the embassy to the Chinese government on the 8th of the People’s Republic of China, the travel challenges of Covid-19 have severely affected the repatriation / deportation processes leading to her long stay in custody up to four months, “it continues.
The embassy says it is ready to work with its Chinese counterparts to help Ensure that the Ugandans concerned are released and returned.
In Kampala, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reportedly instructed the embassy in Beijing to ensure that the detained Ugandans are released and returned.
Efforts by the Daily Monitor to reach out to Mr. Henry Oryem Okello, State Secretary of State for International Relations Affairs, were useless for comment as he did not repeat Calls responded.
However, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Vincent Bagire confirmed the developments and said the Embassy in Beijing was following up the matter.
However, he said the decision, Whether the Ugandans are released or not is entirely up to the Chinese government.
“Our mission in China continues. It’s a process we don’t control, ”he said.
Officials from the Foreign Ministry in Kampala did not disclose how many Ugandans are in China and how many may be angry because of the law’s expiry of their visas .
The spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, Mr. Fang Yi, said: “The embassy has taken note of the issues you raised. We are reviewing the detailed situation through various channels. Given the fraternal relations between our two countries, I believe that we will find an appropriate solution to this issue. We will keep in touch with the Ugandan side. ”