The government of Uganda says its commitment to continue engaging with the relevant Turkish authorities to find a mutually acceptable solution to address 87 Ugandan Nationals detained in the Republic of T~rkiye .
In a statement dated August 25, 2023, Mr. Vincent Waiswa Bagiire the ministry’s permanent secretary says together with the Uganda Embassy in Turkey, they have visited 6 detention centres.
‘’The Ministry together with the Uganda Embassy in Ankara-T~rkiye is seized of the matter and has so far undertaken Consular visits to 6 detention centres namely; Harmandali, Silvre, Tuzla, Erzurum 1, Erzurum
2, and Edirne to offer the necessary Consular and legal assistance required’’, reads the statement in part.
According to Bagiire, a total of 87 Ugandans have been identified and confirmed by the Officials of the Ugandan Embassy in T~rkiye to have been detained by the Turkish Authorities due to overstay of their visas which is in breach of the Immigration regulations of the Republic of T~rkiye.
‘’The Ministry wishes to assure the general public of its commitment to continue engaging with the relevant Turkish authorities to find a mutually acceptable solution to address these concerns and the affected families will be updated in due course’’, further reads the statement.
The Ministry also urged all Ugandan Nationals to abide by the
Immigration regulations of the host countries they reside in.