KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Ministry of Internal Affairs has denied allegations by lawyers representing exiled novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija of refusing to issue passports to his three children.
Kakwenza’s lawyers led by Eron Kiiza on Monday this week petitioned the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) accusing the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control of refusing to issue passports to Kakwenza’s children, despite fulfilling the requisite requirements.
The Immigration spokesperson Mr. Simon Peter Mundeyi says the allegations were false, and just like any other Ugandan, Kakwenza’s children were never denied the right to own and get a passport.
“We do not deny Ugandans passports. The qualification for passports here is citizenship, not any other. If they apply for passports, Kakwenza’s children should wait like other Ugandans do,” Mundeyi said.
“We are now working on the last backlog which includes the children of Kakwenza and their passports will be issued on Monday. When Kakwenza’s children applied for passports, we were having a system upgrade,” he added.
Mr. Mundeyi, therefore, noted that the passports for the exiled novelist’s children are now available, and they should come to collect them.
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