By Robert Segawa
Cabinet has approved proposals to repatriate Ugandans stuck abroad due to the Corona virus pandemic.
A special committee has now been instituted to come up with guidelines by Thursday this week on how this shall be implemented.
This is after over 300 Ugandan teachers who have been working in China cried out for help from government after spending five months without a pay.
The 300 are among 2500 Ugandans who have expressed interest to return home mainly from China and United Arab Emirates.
Over 300 Ugandans are said to have so far registered to be repatriated.
Patrick Mugoya the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the minister will present details of planned repatriation before Parliament.
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has reiterated a call to Ugandans utilize Uganda’s comparative advantage in key sectors and stop being a destination for imported products.
Kasaija said due to its low local manufacturing base, Uganda is now a big supermarket for products manufactured in the region and other parts of the world. He was opening the East Africa Economic Outlook Round Table in Kampala.
Kasaija also lamented that Ugandans keep begging instead of suggesting solutions for making money or saving money.
Minister Kasaija said commercialization of politics has worsened the situation with voters putting heavy loads on politicians, especially members of parliament. He said at a personal level he offers financial assistance to a minimum of five people daily.
The minister called for nationwide engagements to enlighten the people, especially in rural areas, about the roles and responsibilities of politicians.
George Mutabazi, the Chairman of Lwengo District, said the political elite are “killing Uganda”.
Mutabazi, infamous for flogging his electorate for being lazy and not participating in community work, said one big problem with Ugandans is that they talk a lot and do less, adding that there is a systemic failure in the country.
Forum for Democratic Change- FDC former presidential candidate Dr. Col Kiiza Besigye says, Police boss Kale Kaihura is determined to use different weapons to harm Ugandans to ensure that a few people who monopolize power remain in control of this country.
Appearing on a talk show on NBS television, Besigye noted that Kayihura and his men are using second hand imported equipment in the effort to instill fear in Ugandans so that they do not express themselves against the current regime.
Meanwhile, General Kale Kaihura says Besigye’s hands are not clean as well and he is no saint.
By Robert Ssegawa.
Over 270 Ugandans who were trapped in Juba during the ongoing war have finally back home in Kampala.
While receiving them at CPS the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said those who managed to board Uganda police buses are those with bullet wounds, women with their children.
Zaitun Namubiru one of the injured told police 4 of her friends were killed as they were resisting surrendering money to government soldiers.
Enanga adds that all these were stranded at Eregu boarder after all lost their money and government have to transport them to Kampala.