Government has warned Members of Parliament about their proposal to chase foreign nationals involved in retail business, especially Chinese from Uganda.
“I don’t want the Chinese government to reciprocate what we do in Kikuubo in Gwangzou when I’m still in office. I’m going to seek for a quick solution to see that the Chinese involved in business and trade in Uganda have a soft landing so that we continue having a good relationship between Uganda and China,” said State foreign Affairs minister Okello Oryem.
The warning comes just days after Members of Parliament on the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives committee last week gave foreigners who are in the retail business a three-month ultimatum to either invest in bigger projects or return to their countries.
The decision was made during a meeting between the MPs and city traders after the latter petitioned Parliament about the influx of foreigners in retail business.
Legislators observed that whereas majority of foreigners, especially Chinese, come to Uganda as investors, majority of them have flocked Kikuubo and other urban centres for retail business, something the traders said, has affected Ugandan traders because they no longer make sales.
The committee chairperson, John Bosco Lubyayi (Mawokota South) noted that as MPs, their salaries are drawn from taxing traders and that it would be inconsiderate for Parliament to watch on as their businesses collapse.