Crime & Investigation

Kadaga: Gov't Can Save Ugandans On China Death Row

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This follows the execution of two Ugandans in China last month after they were convicted of drug trafficking.

Rt. Hon. Kadaga demanded that the government through the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs uses the powers granted to him by the law to apply it outside the Commonwealth where China falls.

“Why is government not implementing the law that they themselves brought to the House? Has the Government made an effort to discuss the possibility of transferring the Ugandans convicted in China to come and serve their sentences here as we proposed in the law?” she wondered.

Mbale Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Jack Wamanga-Wamai urged government to enter talks with the Chinese government on behalf of the convicted Ugandans.

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“There are 52 people on death row in China. Government should negotiate on behalf of these Ugandans in China,” he added.

Otafiire ignorant about the law?

Interestingly, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Kahinda Otafiire recently expressed pessimism on the question of government working on an extradition arrangement for the remaining 22 Ugandans on the death row in China.


“That would have been possible if they committed the offences here in Uganda and run away to china. But they committed the offences on a foreign land, there isn’t much that can be done,” said Otafiire.


He noted further that there could have been a prisoners’ exchange if there was such an arrangement between the two countries.


Omar Ddamulira and Andrew Ngobi who were executed in May and June respectively after being convicted of drug trafficking, Otafiire said, had found themselves on the wrong side of the Chinese law and their fate ought not to be a cause of conflict between the two counties.

Speaking to journalists in Kampala last week, Otafiire advised Ugandans to learn to respect other country’s laws and systems.

“The Chinese people who are here respect our laws. Their government doesn’t tell us what do. There is no way we are going to tell them what to do,” he said.


The minister asked Ugandans who travel to China and other countries to go there for the good reasons, well knowing the implications of engaging in illicit businesses like drug trafficking.


“Nations are different. In Uganda for instance, we did away with the death penalty, but it’s strongly upheld in china and other countries. It’s the same thing with our occupations. While you can strike or resign from your job, you cannot do the same in the army. You’ll face the court martial,” he added.


In the same Communication, Kadaga also asked the Minister of Internal Affairs to enlighten the House on how Ugandans in Missions Abroad on official duty would register for the Identity cards.

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