The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa has asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Jeje Odongo to present to Parliament in two weeks a report on the steps he is taking to negotiate with other countries to ease visa access for ordinary Ugandans.
“Rt Hon Prime Minister, I would like to request that in two weeks the Minister of Foreign Affairs brings a comprehensive report on how they are negotiating for visa friendly terms for the ordinary” he directed.
Deputy Speaker’s submission during today’s plenary said that many Ugandans have been coming to his office and other legislators asking for recommendations to get visas to travel abroad.
He said that the visa conditions for many countries across Africa and other parts of the world are not friendly and have affected their business plans. He noted that the press quoted the Minister of foreign affairs saying that Mozambique, whose President Felipe Nyusi is in Uganda, has accepted visa-free travel for Ugandans to visit his country.
“This brings me to an issue where I have received many people coming for recommendations for Visas. It has been very difficult to get Visas. Our President has been advocating for Pan Africanism but it is hard for our people to travel to other countries in Africa” Tayebwa added.
He also noted that a Minister was sick but struggled to access a South African visa for the caretaker because of the restrictions on ordinary passport holders.
“For me as a Ugandan I would like to see that our passport is respected so that our people can access visas to travel abroad” he added.