The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Minister for Foreign Affairs to write a Diplomatic Note to the Kenyan Government protesting the mistreatment of Ugandans across the border.
Rt.Hon. Kadaga issued the directive following complaints by Members of Parliament who have been mistreated by the Kenyan Police officers as they travel through Kenya.
“The passport we use is issued under the hand of the President. Mistreating Ugandans is an insult to the President of Uganda in whose names these documents are issued,” she said.
Kadaga said that Uganda has been very civil and not reacted to the treatment meted on the citizens. She added that other countries have taken action in situations where their citizens have been mistreated.
“The Nigerians and Rwandese have been very tough where their people have been mistreated. I direct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to write a protest note to the Kenyan Government as this is very unfair on us Ugandans who treat Kenyans well,” Kadaga added.
Mbale District Woman Representative, Hon. Connie Galiwango who raised the matter at a sitting of Parliament on Thursday, 11th August 2016 said that she recently travelled to Mombasa but faced harassment from the Kenyan police who demanded bribes at the various checkpoints.
“We paid police officers at all the security checkpoints from the border to Mombasa. I wonder why we were treated harshly and asked to pay money for no known reason,” she said.
She added that she was arrested with members of her family when they run out of money on their way from Mombasa.
Usuk County MP and Parliamentary Commission, Hon. Peter Ogwang said that he was also harassed on a recent trip to Bungoma where the police officers also demanded bribes and held him for long.
“When the Kenyans are here, they are at large. When we go across, it is terrible. The Ministry for East African Affairs should come out clear on the Federation issues,” he said.
The Government Chief Whip, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa said that the Minister for Foreign Affairs will be asked to issue the protest note objecting to the mistreatment meted on Ugandans.