The Ugandan Ambassador to the UAE, HE Zaake Kibedi, has denied reports claiming that the UAE has halted visa services for Ugandans.
“I have to correct something. Ugandans have not been banned from obtaining visas for the UAE. We should avoid following social media. What I am telling you are facts,” Ambassador Kibedi said Tuesday during an NBS TV “Morning Breeze” broadcast.
He added: “It is not true that the UAE has stopped issuing visit visas to Uganda. I don’t know the source of this misinformation, but it’s not true.
According to the Ambassador, the UAE visa system has just been revamped and now it takes up to five days to get the visa and not two days like before.
He said the number of Ugandans living and working in the UAE has increased over the past 10 years.
“As of today, there are around 100,000 Ugandans in the UAE, 95% of whom do skilled work. It’s 5% who have difficulties.
He also dismissed allegations that the government had started repatriating Ugandans stranded in the Middle East after the opposition National Unity Platform raised the alarm.
“It is not true that the government was triggered by the NUP’s call to repatriate Ugandans. This is not the first time we have done this (repatriating Ugandans),” Amb Kibedi said.
According to him, there is no repatriation that can be done successfully without the involvement of the embassy, especially when there are no passports.
“Parliament should discuss how to deal with traffickers. This is where the focus should be. We only have one deportation center in Dubai, the others are prisons. Before I left on Sunday, all the Ugandans from this center had returned. »
He said that 1,500 Ugandans had been returned by the government and that 95% of Ugandans living and working in the United Arab Emirates were there legally and were protected by the laws.
“This amnesty expires at the end of this month. Others still hope to find a job, so they did not show up for repatriation. Liaison Officers are not permitted in the UAE. We have consulates. Liaison officers were only allowed for six months during Expo Dubai.
According to Ambassador Kibedi, the numbers have increased because several people of different nationalities traveled to the UAE in anticipation of finding employment during Expo Dubai 2020.
He also distanced himself from reports regarding NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine’s fundraising concert.
“I was not aware of this concert (Bobi Wine fundraising concert) but there are procedures to follow. I did not even know that Bobi Wine came to the UAE; I did not receive any communication on his part,” he said.