Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has reacted to numerous incidents of xenophobia and targeted attacks in some parts of China condemning the incidents as unacceptable.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Bobi Wine noted that he has received calls from many Ugandans in China stranded and left with no options. “I have these past few days been receiving calls from many Ugandans in China, including our coordinators there. Many of them have been forced onto streets where they have to sleep”. he said.
Singer turned politician urged authorities in China to put an end to acts of wanton violence. “We condemn these targeted attacks and call upon the authorities in China to urgently intervene”.
In the southern Chinese city, Africans have reported being evicted from their homes by landlords and turned away from hotels, despite many claiming to have no recent travel history or known contact with Covid-19 patients.
The Gov’t of Uganda is yet to make any official statement regarding her nationals in China.
Bobi Wine’s full statement
Africans living and working in several parts of China are experiencing incredible pain and suffering. Aside from dealing with the terrible effects of #COVID19 , they now have to contend with numerous incidents of xenophobia and targeted attacks.
I have these past few days been receiving calls from many Ugandans in China, including our coordinators there. Many of them have been forced onto streets where they have to sleep.
We condemn these targeted attacks and call upon the authorities in China to urgently intervene. A crisis such as this demands humanness and solidarity from all people across the world.
I commend some African governments which have already taken steps to help their people. The government of Uganda has not yet taken any steps to help our brothers and sisters who are having a terrible time. I challenge the government to urgently engage the government of China on this, or take urgent measures to repatriate these people back home.