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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE SITUATION OF UGANDANS ABROAD AFFECTED BY THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

Tuesday, 14th April 2020
Hon Sam Kutesa addressing the Media
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, Hon. Sam K. Kutesa this morning held a press briefing at the Ministry headquarters to inform members of the Press  about the efforts Government of Uganda has been making in conjunction with the Government of the People's Republic of China's to address the plight of Ugandans caught up in China following the drastic measures taken to mitigate the COVID -19 scourge.


The Minister informed the media of the steps that the two Governments agreed to immediately put in place which include,
The Government of the People's Republic of China will:

1. Provide accommodation for Ugandans and other Africans who have overstayed their visas and have no place of residence;

2. Provide assistance to any of the Ugandans who have been quarantined in hotel facilities and cannot afford the cost;

3. Ensure that there are no more targeted evictions and revocations on legal rental contracts by landlords;

4. Ensure that there is no discrimination in access to services such as hospitals, markets, public transport, restaurants etc. Where this has happened, it will be condemned. 


The Minister also responded to the concerns expressed by many Ugandans on the plight of other Ugandans caught up in different parts of the world. 


He clarified that owing to the on going lockdown in almost the entire world, closure of borders and suspension of regional and international air travel, it is not possible for these Ugandans to return home at the moment.


The position of Government, therefore, is that these Ugandans should stay put in their respective locations and strictly adhere to the health and administrative measures instituted by the Government there. 


The Government of Uganda is in discussions with various Foreign Governments in order to find ways to assist these Ugandan nationals in their respective locations until such a time that travel restrictions shall be lifted and the Ugandans can return home.

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