The multi-racial community living in Uganda have been given a new lease on life after President Yoweri Museveni pledged he will ensure that the tribe exercise their rights to become citizens of Uganda.
President Museveni said on Sunday that he was happy to “see them as a tribe in the country,” and that they would get citizenship either through descent or by naturalization.
“I am very happy to see this tribe and this is your home,” the President told the meeting of multi-racial community. “I am glad you told me these issues. From a biological point of view, you’re local people in Uganda. This is your country,” he added.
The President was speaking to members of the multi-racial community who are living in Uganda during a meeting that took place on Sunday evening at the International University of East Africa (IUEA) along the Kampala – Gaba road in the outcast of Kampala City.
Constitution allows people to apply for citizenship
Uganda’s 1995 Constitution allows a person who has lived in Uganda for a number of years to seek citizenship. The head of state said nobody, including the government, can object to the application. He informed the meeting that Uganda has been building its population by absorbing people.
Museveni promised to follow up on the issues they had presented to him with Kampala Capital City Authority and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He pledged government support towards some of the group’s planned projects, especially sewerage treatment, among others, in order to clean up the City.
He assured them that they will be no violence during the upcoming 2016 General Elections.
Museveni’s Efforts to re-build Uganda’s economy
Since he took power in 1986, President Museveni’s leadership has tried to build the economy of the country by encouraging locals and foreigners to engage in trade. In his leadership, Museveni invited back the expelled Indians during Idi Amin’s regime. The Indians were given back some of their possessions and provided with incentives to build the falling economy. Ever since, the Indians and other multi-racial communities have supported government’s efforts to build the nation through job creation and industrialization.
Speaking at the Sunday meeting, the chairman of the multi-racial community, Mr. Yassin Omara said they have been accepted in Uganda under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) leadership. He however pointed out that there have been challenges in acquiring national identity cards and Ugandan passports.
He told the President that they were born in Uganda and have lived in the country all their lives but feel rejected when they are denied access to some documents.
The group assured Museveni of their total support and victory in the upcoming elections.
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