KAMPALA – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sam Kutesa, on Saturday, April 11, 2020 met with the Ambassador of China to Uganda, Mr Zheng Zhuqiang, on the matter regarding the situation of Ugandans in China.
Mr Kutesa urged the Chinese government to intervene and stop the harassment of Ugandans in the country amid the ongoing lockdown over coronavirus.
The Ambassador promised to intervene in the matter. The meeting was attended by Uganda’s envoy to China Chrispus Kiyonga and Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, the PS Foreign Affairs.
As China eases limits on the movement of people, a dark side is emerging from its numerous cities, where residents of African descent have been kicked out of apartments on accusations of spreading the virus.
Videos posted online showed scores of young African immigrants sleeping on pavements and backstreets, while photos showed signs barring foreigners from shopping in retail outlets.
A Kenyan student in Guangdong told Kenya’s Saturday Nation that attacks on African immigrants have persisted under the collective nose of Chinese authorities for two weeks now.
Mr William Zhuo, chairman of the Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce, told the Saturday Nation that “as a member of the Chinese community living in Kenya”, he is “concerned and saddened” by reports of the harassment of Kenyans.