Bobi Wine slams state unfairness on China repatriation

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Bobi Wine in parliament

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has spoken out on government’s decision to reject repatriation of Africans from China.

During Tuesday plenary, Bobi Wine said that its unfair that government rejected the offer in which together with an American media owner and businessman Neil Nelson.

He said they were willing evacuate 285 people from China including Ugandans and other black Africans.

He was supported by National Female Youth MP Adeke Anna who strongly demanded for timelines from government in light of repatriating Ugandans stranded abroad.

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This followed an assurance from minister Hon. Katumba Wamala that the Government is working on measures to repatriate Ugandans.

In a letter dated April 15 and addressed to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Bobi Wine, said he partnered with an American media owner and businessman Neil Nelson to evacuate 285 Ugandans and other black Africans currently stuck in China.

Africans in China have come under coronavirus discrimination and attack with some of them evicted from their houses and hotels while others are denied entrance into restaurants and supermarkets.

They have been accused of bringing coronavirus to China where the first reported COVID-19 cases were recorded in December 2019.

Bobi Wine in his letter to Rugunda, asked the government to allow the Ugandans into the country, saying they had secured a privately chartered Quantum Jet Airbus A330-200.

Bobi Wine further said the returnees would be taken care of by him and Nelson while in quarantine.

In response, government asked Bobi Wine, to leave foreign affairs matters to President Yoweri Museveni.

Minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem questioned how Bobi Wine would meet the quarantine costs.

Oryem also wondered if Bobi Wine will also transport Ugandans stuck in other parts of the world.

In his interview with NBS television over the weekend, Museveni said Ugandans stuck abroad should understand that he is fighting a coronavirus war and be patient with him.

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