Explain S. Africa visa saga, Kadaga asks government

Parliament- The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, on Thursday asked government to table before Parliament a statement on the alleged mistreatment of Ugandans seeking visas at the South African Embassy in Uganda.

Ms Kadaga asked Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to direct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain why it is becoming almost impossible to access visas at their Ugandan base.

The Speaker’s directive followed concerns by a number of MPs who narrated how they were denied transit visas at the embassy yet Uganda treats them with dignity.

The MPs protested the mistreatment and threatened to retaliate if the South African embassy officials remain adamant.

Igara MP Michael Muranga Mawanda, who was scheduled to travel to Namibia, gave a testimony of how he had been denied a transit visa through South Africa.
Kasilo County MP Okupa Elija reiterated the same concerns, calling on the embassy authorities to treat Ugandans with dignity.

Ms Kadaga, in her official communication to the House’s first sitting after a three weeks recess, said many Ugandans were being treated unfairly at the South African Embassy in Kampala.

She said Ugandans have to queue at the embassy as early as 3.00a.m yet they are even denied visas.

She said some Ugandans transiting through the South African airports are subjected to a rigorous process to acquire visas.

mnalugo@ug.nationmdia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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