The National Unity Platform (NUP) has repatriated the first batch of 12 Ugandans who have been stuck in detention centers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for several months.
Receiving the returnees on Saturday at his home in Wakiso District, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine called upon Ugandans to refrain from politicising the Ugandans campaign.
He urged those who are still abroad to be patient as they carry on with the move to ensure that they are returned back home.
“I would like to thank all those who have helped in ensuring these people return home. We hosted them at Magere and listened to their stories, which are very depressing. Everyone can do something to ensure that our people are brought back home. This is not an NUP thing, it is everybody’s responsibility, “he said.
Kyagulanyi explained that many of these people had to run away from torture and other dehumanising conditions until they ended up in the detention centers.
He said that the priority was to first bring in those who are sick as well as those who have other urgent concerns.
“We are very grateful to all of you who have embraced our campaign to bring our sisters and brothers back home, as well as those who are working tirelessly to process their exit from the deportation centers. In the coming days, we hope to receive many others and we shall be updating the nation accordingly, “he noted.
Kygagulanyi called upon political parties, religious institutions, the business community and all Ugandans who have means to embrace this cause.
A Couple of days ago, Kyagulanyi challenged the government to ensure it brings home hundreds of Ugandans that are stuck in the UAE.
Recently, Kyagulanyi visited the Middle East country which is a spellbinding destination for thousands of Ugandans unable to find meaningful employment at home amid growing concerns of mistreatment of migrant workers by their employers in some of the Gulf countries.
The musician cum politician traveled to the UAE where he had planned to hold a charity concert whose proceeds would be used to support some of the Ugandan migrant workers.
Unfortunately, UAE cancelled his concert. Consequently, Kyagulanyi accused the government of not doing enough to return hundreds of stuck Ugandans seeking to return home.
Uganda’s Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate in Dubai estimate there are about 10,000 Ugandans spread across the Emirates.