Uganda’s foreign affairs ministry has confirmed that more than 150 Ugandans have been deported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The deportations started on 1 September 2018 and are said to be continuing until the end of October 2018.
Ministry spokesperson Moses Kasujja said in an interview that some of the deportees had committed offences and were serving jail sentences.
He noted that some of those deported were declared undesirable aliens in the UAE.
The deportation follows a series of protracted negotiations by the Ugandan embassy in Abu Dhabi, and negotiations are pending to ensure that those on life sentence are brought home.
Some of those serving life sentences were charged with drug trafficking.
“We know we have Ugandans in jail in UAE, but our embassy has negotiated with the arresting government, which has given us a grace period stretching from September 1 to October 30 as a waiver to identify Ugandans in jail, stand surety for them and get them deported,” Kasujja said.
According to the embassy, some Ugandans were arrested for unlawful stay, working with a non-sponsor and unlawful return after the previous deportation.
UAE is one of the key destinations for about 65,000 Ugandan workers exported to the Middle East last year.