The Ugandan government has rejected a proposal by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) to repatriate Ugandans and other Africans who are stuck in China following a break out of targeted attacks on blacks, especially in Guangzhou city.
Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has in an expected response told the musician-cum-politician to give up the matter and leave it to President Yoweri Museveni.
The State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem told the responsibility of protecting the Ugandans abroad, lies with the head of State.
Oryem wondered if Kyagulanyi will meet the quarantine costs, and also if also has a plan other Ugandans stuck in other parts of the world.
“If any Ugandan succeeds and achieves, it’s the responsibility of the President of Uganda, if any Uganda dies abroad, this is also the responsibility of the President of Uganda. Does he have the capacity to be held responsible for all of this, no? This is a foreign policy issue that you do not just wake up to do,” Oryem said.
According to Oryem, the government is currently registering Ugandans abroad, in America, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so that it can work out modalities of assisting them.
In his April 15, 2020 letter to Rugunda, Kyagulanyi said he has partnered with an American media owner and businessman Neil Nelson to evacuate 285 people from China including Ugandans and other black Africans.
In the letter, Kyagulanyi sought for government clearance to allow their chartered plane, an Airbus A330-200 from Quantum Jets, a private jet hire firm based in California, USA, to land at Entebbe International Airport, and also for Uganda to host some of the Africans they planned to evacuate from China.
Kyagulanyi also indicated that together with his U.S based partner, they had mobilized resources to cater for the evacuees during the quarantine period.
Joel Ssenyonyi the Spokesperson People Power says that Kyagulanyi and his partners will cater for all of the costs while in the including the quarantine and feeding. He says the government should not ignore its citizens suffering abroad.
Betty Aol Ochan, the Leader of Opposition says that Kyangulanyi’s offer is based on humanitarian grounds and not for politics.