By Misairi Thembo Kahungu:
Ugandans living in South Korea are demanding that government
opens up an embassy in the capital Seoul to help solve the challenges they are currently facing.
There are currently about 500 members of the Ugandan Community in South Korea who claim to be facing legal, health
and work related problems, according to David Kituuka Nsubuga the group’s General Secretary.
In a statement, he says all Ugandans in South Korea are served by the Ugandan embassy in Tokyo, the Japanese capital which is far away from us because it means you must fly there in case you case needs urgent attention from the mission staff.
According to Nsubuga, the Ugandans whose passports expire and those who lose them risk being imprisoned for illegal stay because of the delay by the embassy in Tokyo to respond to renewal requests.
The group also wants the government of Uganda to use the bilateral relations with Korea to work on an arrangement of E-7 visa an online process that allows foreign nationals to work in the country without immigration complications.
In response to these concerns, the Public Affairs communication officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Margaret Awino Kafeero, says plans are underway to establish an embassy in Seoul to but they are only waiting for funds from the Ministry of Finance.
This comes ahead of the 2nd Annual convention to Mark Uganda’s 55th Independence anniversary slated for October 5, 2017 Pyongtaek City