30,000 Ugandans Face Deportation From UK
More than 30,000 Ugandans face deportation from
the United Kingdom after failing to resolve their
asylum and immigration requests, a report by the
Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons
(UK Parliament) has revealed.
The report said the current backlog of 500,000
unresolved immigration and asylum cases will not be
cleared for another 37 years at the current rate of
progress. This condemns Ugandans to more anguish
as they wait for their cases to be resolved. Uganda
accounts for 30,000 of those cases, while it could no
be immediately established how many Africans were
However, the Uganda High Commission in the UK
blames the Home Office for failing to speedily
dispose of cases of Ugandans seeking asylum there.
Speaking at an event to mark Independence
celebrations in the UK at the weekend, Mr Innocent
Quinoscars Opio, the Second Secretary and In charge
of Consular Services at the Uganda High Commission
accused the Home Office of “incompetence” in
handling immigration cases.
"We have always raised our concerns and engaged
the UK Home Office both formally and informally
about their incompetence in dealing with
immigration matters especially those concerning
Ugandans and other immigrants," Mr Opio said.
He cited cases of Ugandans on whose behalf the UK
Home Office has applied for temporary travel
documents from the Uganda High Commission in UK,
to facilitate their deportation back to Uganda. He said
most of them are victims of unfair and poor handling
of immigration cases.
"We also don’t always bow down to pressure
especially when they send us applications to expel
Ugandans from the UK who are victims of unfair and
poor handling of immigration cases,” he added,
explaining that this stance was a sign of Uganda’s
independence from Britain.
The Uganda High Commission also highlighted the
issue of dual citizenship, saying that those Ugandans
who acquire British citizenship automatically cease
to be Ugandans. However, they can take advantage
of the recently-passed dual citizenship law which
requires them to re-apply for Ugandan citizenship
after acquiring British passports.
The foreign office said it is only after re-application
that the dual citizenship is regularised through a
dual-citizenship certificate given at the end of the