Kawempe North MP Hon. Ssebagala Abdulatif has raised a concern written to him by the Ugandan students in China in the Province of Wuhan which is highly affected by coronavirus.
He says they are struggling financially because they have been quarantined for more than two weeks.
Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, the Government Chief Whip, says the issue of Ugandan students in Wuhan who are affected by Coronavirus quarantine has already been raised in Cabinet and Government is finding a suitable solution to the matter.
She says the Government is already in touch with the Chinese Government.
Hon Mohammed Nsereko did not buy her explanation: “We need to charter a plane like other countries have done and we bring our children back home.”
He added: “We can then assess them, maybe for two weeks. Embassies and gov’ts needs to help their own people; if we don’t do it now, then when?”
Speaker Kadaga too chirped in: “It is not only in Wuhan. I have also received letters from other students in other areas of China and they are complaining of the high costs of living during this outbreak. I have contacted the Ambassador and we need to do something.”
From the letters, Kadaga learnt that the students have no access to water, food and other essential commodities.
“We need assurance from Government on how the matter is being handled.”
The Speaker said that government should provide for the needs of the students in China before coming with a statement on what will be done in regard to evacuation.
“Can you assure us that they will have food, water and masks? We are demanding that the Prime Minister comes and addresses the country on this matter tomorrow. These people are starving.”
She added: “This country needs serious answers about this issue. I direct that the Prime Minister provides a serious response to the House tomorrow.”