Foreign Affairs Ministry Clarifies on Recorded Video of Ugandans Stranded in Saudi Arabia

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has clarified on a video clip making rounds on social media in which a group of Ugandans claim that the Ugandan Embassy in Saudi Arabia did not attend to them.

The ministry has said that the women in the video visited the mission at a time it was closed. Friday is a weekend and a non- working day in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry’s statement reads.

“All the cases presented at the Embassy including the women in the video have been dealt with together with other stakeholders, therefore there are no Ugandans waiting outside the Embassy in Saudi Arabia,” the statement further reads.

According to the Ministry, Embassy has a shelter which it uses to accommodate stranded Ugandans in the country.

“However, given the backlog of cases arising from the suspension of International flights due to the coronavirus pandemic, the capacity of the shelters have been stretched, making it difficult to handle new cases,” the Ministry explained.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has assured the general public of its commitment to discharge its responsibilities which include protecting the rights and safeguarding the well being of Ugandans in the Diaspora.

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