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Gov’t Speaks Out On Jailed Ugandans In China

The Uganda government has dismissed reports that a number of her citizens are set to face the death penalty in China saying the list circulating on social media is old.

Platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp have been awash with a purported list of Ugandans facing the hang man’s noose in the Asian giant nation.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has noted, with concern, an anonymous Social Media announcement indicating the names of 23 Ugandan prisoners in China, allegedly set to hang over drug trafficking offences,” the statement released on Monday evening by Margaret A. Kafeero, the Ag. Head/Public Diplomacy reads in part.

It adds, “This is to inform the general public that the list that is in circulation is one of Ugandans who were sentenced to death a number of years ago but were granted a 2-year reprieve by the Chinese Courts, which was later reduced from death, to life imprisonment and further to a fixed term.”

Her statement further reveals that China has not planned any executions of Ugandans prisoners and that Beijing and Kampala are in talks over various cases.

“We are not at liberty to discuss individual’s circumstances either in the media or in the public domain but would like to emphasize that it is our understanding that the Chinese Government has not scheduled executions of any Ugandan prisoners at this time. The two Governments continue to carry out bilateral discussions on various pending cases,” Kafeero said.

She went on to say, “The information that is circulating regarding the alleged executions is therefore false and we request that out of respect for each other, as well as for the families of those concerned, individuals should exercise restraint and sensitivity when making the decision to circulate unsubstantiated information.”

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