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London Embassy Starts Registration of Stranded Ugandans in UK

The Uganda High Commission in London is seeking to verify and register stranded Uganda nationals who are currently in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and because of COVID 19 lockdown are not able to return home.

According to a statement issued by the Uganda High Commission in London, such individuals may include students who have completed their studies and short term visitors of all categories.

The repatriation exercise however excludes Ugandans with settled status.

“The exercise does not include Ugandans who already have a settled status in the United Kingdom and Ireland,” read the statement in part.

Officials said the purpose of registration is to gather data.

It is this data which will lay out for Ugandan authorities what is possible and what is not possible in terms of assistance as well as the manner of assistance and how it is delivered.

But the development comes just three days after Government decided to assess the possibility of evacuating Ugandans nationals stranded abroad.

While addressing the nation on Tuesday 14th April, President Museveni directed Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa to work out a plan to assist some of the Ugandans currently stuck abroad.

Museveni was responding to concerns about Ugandans who were caught up by the COVID 19 lockdown in China and other countries and are running of money to sustain themselves.

Ugandans and other foreigners of African descent have over the past few days been targeted and thrown out of their places on abode of accusations that they were spreading COVID 19.

The news has been condemned world over.

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The matter of Ugandans being harassed and discriminated in China prompted the Uganda Government through its Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa to protest the Chinese Government.

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