Indians in Uganda are seeking to be recognised by government by having a representative in the Parliament.
This follows last year’s proposal by former Tororo MP Sanjay Tanna to recognize Indian community as a tribe.
Tanna, the then Member of Parliament for Tororo municipality, made the proposal as parliament debated a constitutional amendment bill.
“We the Indians, who have lived in Uganda since 1973, should be recognised as Ugandans in the constitution, as it was applied to Rwandans and Burundians,” Tanna said.
While some MPs rejected Tanna’s plea, saying they should be only be recognised as citizens but not as a tribe, some other migrants threw weight behind Tanna’s proposal.
In 2014, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said that Indians who have lived for a long period of time in Uganda qualify to be registered as citizens of Uganda.
“Those who have lived for long surely qualified to be Ugandans. Asian people who live in Uganda are part of Uganda. Even the African tribes which are here; they all came from somewhere because some are from West Africa, some came from the Horn of Africa,” Museveni said then.
The President also said that Indians living in Uganda are already integrated, adding however that this should be based on wealth creation and development.
He was responding to Katongole Singh, the head of mobilization Indian community in Uganda who said that the Government of Uganda should recognize the Indians citizens in Uganda as a tribe in order for them to be represented in Parliament.
The Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control (Amendment) Act No. 53, 2009, allows foreign nationals who wish to retain their citizenship in a foreign county, the option to acquire Ugandan citizenship.
In Uganda, Dual Citizenship means the simultaneous possession of two citizenships of which one is Uganda.