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Minister: We Can't Save 22 More Ugandans From China Execution

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Speaking to journalists at hotel Africana on Friday afternoon, Otafiire advised Ugandans to learn to respect other country’s laws and systems.

“The Chinese people who are here respect our laws. Their government doesn’t tell us what do. There is no way we are going to tell them what to do,” he said.

The minister asked Ugandans who travel to China and other countries to go there for the good reasons, well knowing the implications of engaging in illicit businesses like drug trafficking.

“Nations are different. In Uganda for instance, we did away with the death penalty, but it’s strongly upheld in china and other countries. It’s the same thing with our occupations. While you can strike or resign from your job, you cannot do the same in the army. You’ll face the court martial,” he added.

“While we appreciate that Ugandans mostly unemployed are looking for jobs in these countries, they should go well aware that things there are different. They should simply desist from the drug business.”

On the question of government working on an extradition arrangement for the remaining 22 Ugandans on the death row in China, Otafiire expressed pessimism.

“That would have been possible if they committed the offences here in Uganda and run away to china. But they committed the offences on a foreign land, there isn’t much that can be done.”

He noted further that there could have been a prisoners’ exchange if there was such an arrangement between the two countries.

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