COVID-19: Uganda protests to China over raids and harassment

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Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa (R) with Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Zheng Zhuqiang
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Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa has today, Saturday April 11, 2020 met with the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Zheng Zhuqiang on the matter regarding situation of Ugandans in China.

The meeting follows widespread accounts shared on social media of Africans including Ugandans being evicted from their homes by landlords and turned away from hotels, despite many claiming to have no recent travel history or known contact with Covid-19 patients.

China recently announced a temporary ban on all foreign visitors, even if they have visas or residence permits.

Minister Kutesa called on the Chinese government to urgently intervene and address the plight of Ugandans nationals living in China who have been racially discriminated over the Covid-19 pandemic.

On his part, H.E Amb Zheng Zhuqiang, assured the Ugandan Minister that China values its relationship with Uganda and other African countries. He said that the Government was taking steps to address the matter and undertook to take up the concerns of the Government of Uganda with the relevant authorities in China.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Amb Patrick Mugoya and Uganda’s Ambassador to China, Dr Crispus Kiyonga.

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