Uganda considering deal with Israel to allow migrants into its borders

Uganda has had a troubled history with Israel but it seems that in recent years there has been a thawing between the two countries.

Such a thawing that they are engaged in negotiations to settle African immigrants from the Middle Eastern country.

Uganda is considering a request from Israel to take in 500 migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, a minister said on Friday.

This is the first time the country has acknowledged it is in talks over such a deal.

“The State of Israel, working with other refugees’ managing organisations, has requested Uganda to allow about 500 Eritreans and Sudanese to relocate to Uganda,” Musa Ecweru, Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees said in a statement.

“The government and ministry are positively considering the request.”

About 4,000 migrants have left Israel for Rwanda and Uganda since 2013 under a voluntary programme but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under pressure from his right-wing voter base to expel thousands more.

In January, Israel started handing out notices to male migrants from Eritrea and Sudan giving them three months to take the voluntary deal with a plane ticket and $3,500 or risk being thrown in jail.

The government said from April it would start forced deportations but rights groups challenged the move and Israel’s Supreme Court has issued a temporary injunction to give more time for the petitioners to argue against the plan.

Government representatives told the court earlier this week that an envoy was in an African country finalising a deportation deal after an arrangement with Rwanda to take migrants expelled under the new measures fell through.

Until Friday’s statement, Ugandan officials had denied to Reuters that their government was in talks with Israel to resettle migrants.

Ecweru said “all refugees world over” should be “voluntarily repatriated with strict observance and adherence to international law”, but did not give further details on the possible deal.

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I Don’t Want Your Blood Money, No! Bobi Wine Returns 29m Bribe Money

Bobi Wine is becoming quite the rebel.

Yoweri Museveni should watch out for this one. The revolution will not be televised but it will be beamed live.

Bobi Wine took to social media to let his fans and constituents know that he has returned a bribe of Uganda shillings 29 million.

Bobi Wine

Read why Bobi Wine returned the brbe…

On 24th October, 2017, 29,000,000/= (Uganda Shillings Twenty Nine Million) was deposited to my Bank Account. This money was given to all Members of Parliament. According to official communication, this money was given to Members of Parliament to consult on the unfortunate proposal to amend Article 102(b) of the Constitution of Uganda and remove the 75 year age-limit as a qualification to stand for President of Uganda.
I have accordingly instructed my bank to immediately return this money to its sender. My decision is based on the following reasons.
1. Firstly, all Members of Parliament are paid a monthly constituency allowance for the sole purpose of enabling them consult the constituents on parliamentary business. Each year, Parliament debates and passes very many laws. In the recent past Parliament has passed or is considering several laws which affect the common person in many ways, including the Land Amendment Bill (for Government to compulsorily acquire people’s land) the National Biosafety (GMO) Act, the Minimum Wage Bill, etc. How come Members of Parliament were not given additional money to ‘consult’ on these important laws?
This money is being spent on a matter that does not need any consultation whatsoever. Ugandans made it clear long ago that they are opposed to a life presidency. They don’t want the Constitution tampered with in any way. In their small towns, villages and homes they have unanimously said “Togyikwatako.” The young and the old. Men, women and children. So what is there to consult about?
2. Secondly, by giving each of the 449 MPs 29 million shillings, the taxpayer is losing about 13 billion shillings on this unfortunate exercise. This happens at the time when state prosecutors, judicial officers, doctors, teachers and other public officers are on strike or threatening to strike over poor working conditions. When hospitals and health centers are dilapidated and devoid of basic equipment and drugs. When it was a tag of war to get a single cancer machine, yet thousands of Ugandans who get cancer would need such machines in all districts. When our female children have to drop out of school because they don’t have sanitary pads. When children study under trees. When most of our people are starving to near death.
We cannot be seen to legitimise the wanton waste of public resources by accepting this money for whatever reason. Where are the priorities? Think about this- how many schools or hospitals can that money build? How many ambulances? Yet whenever citizens demand for some basic entitlements, the government is always singing – “there is no money.” SHAME

Bobi Wine
3. Some people have suggested that I get this money and use it to uplift the conditions of my constituents. This would be a very good idea given the level of need- but the law is against it and it could be used to frame me and other MPs with corruption charges. Under Section 2 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009, corruption includes the diversion of public money and using it for any other purpose other than that for which it was intended. By using that money to buy beds or solar panels for our people instead of ‘consulting’ I would be deemed to have diverted it. As a law abiding citizen, I shall not play into their trap. (Please note: We only abide to laws which are just and fair). By God’s grace, I want to assure the people of Kyadondo East that despite our many needs, we shall not be complicit in this broad daylight robbery of our citizens. We shall uplift our conditions- one day at a time.
Secondly, it is the duty of government to provide these services. We pay taxes for social services. Our duty is to ensure that those taxes benefit us, and not to bribe us to sell our birthrights as a nation.
For these reasons, I state that the 29 Million Shillings is a BRIBE. It is sad that I have to call taxpayers sweat EVIL MONEY which I cannot even touch. It would be immoral and against my conscience to keep it.
Sente y’ekibi kijja mu yiyo. SIJJA KUZIKWATAKO NAWE #TOGIKWATAKO

Here are some of the strong reactions to the move

Nabatanzi Moureen: Do u think taking back that money makes u a hero it just shows u r a follower n kasagati theres a boy hes going to sit p.7 he has a little sister to take care of they were abandoned by there parents they ve no support n even the child needs operation the young one they ve no help but y dnt u use that money to help them they will never forget u n they will appreciate instead of making news that u took back that

Bobi Wine: We can raise funds for our smaller needs as a community without having to accept bribes. For example, on the 15th of October we held a show at One Love Beach and we are using the proceeds to buy maternal beds for Kasangati and Watuba Health Centres. We can raise that 29m or more in just a day without having to sell our conscience.

James Kelly Goodluck: Seriously i also had a thought that instead of returning this money back i wish the opposition members collect that money together and do something to the suffering ugandan than returning it back to the corrupt govt we all know coz it may not even go back really they should think about it

GP Walcot Eddy: Come and see how Ugandans love free money!!!! Now see this nabatanzi… U mean the boy who wants to sit p7 was waiting for this money to sit p7?
As a Ugandan how does it offend you to collect money for him??
How many people living near that boy? Coll…See More

Muwanguzi Enock: Who remembers judas Iscariot telling Jesus to save the oil for sale so that money should be given to the poor? But was Judas sincere and felt for the poor as he claimed? No. He was just a thief