Mofa denies China plans to hang 23 Ugandans

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A list of 23 Ugandans has been circulating on social media with the claim that these were about to be hanged in China for trafficking drugs.

The said Ugandans are; Bonitor Naggay, Jean Kirunda Ndawula, Lucy Amor Acen Gertrude, Ndagire Ssentongo, Bako Maria Paira, Lillian Nakungu Deborah, Sandra Nalumansi, Reagan Ssekajja, Anthony Kalule, Joseph Mukasa Mulindwa, Isaac Jagwe, Alfred Ssempewo, Charles Candia, Eddie Kasumba, Jason Mukiibi, Nassur Salim, Faridu Kalema, Peter Bogere, Felix Nsubuga, Madinah Kyalimpa, Susan Kakeeto, Betty Asiimwe.

Ms Margaret A. Kafeero, the Ag. Head/Public Diplomacy, at the ministry of Foreign Affairs said the said Ugandans were sentenced sometime back but later given a reprieve by Chinese courts.

“This is to inform the general public that the list that is in circulation is one of Ugandans who were sentenced to death a number of years ago but were granted a 2-year reprieve by the Chinese Courts, which was later reduced from death, to life imprisonment and further to a fixed term,” Kafeero explained.

She said MOFA was not at liberty to discuss individual’s circumstances either in the media or in the public domain but would “like to emphasise that it is our understanding that the Chinese Government has not scheduled executions of any Ugandan prisoners at this time”.

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“The information that is circulating regarding the alleged executions is therefore false and we request that out of respect for each other, as well as for the families of those concerned, individuals should exercise restraint and sensitivity when making the decision to circulate unsubstantiated information,” she said.

In August 2014, the then Chinese ambassador to Uganda defended his government’s execution of two Ugandans for drug trafficking, saying laws of any sovereign country must be respected by everybody.

Zhao Yali said drug trafficking is a crime according to international law, Chinese and Ugandan laws. He said China’s narcotics laws are more strict compared to Uganda’s.

The two Ugandans executed were Omar Ddamulira and Andrew Ham Ngobi.

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