Ambassador Walusimbi, Kezaala discuss ways to improve welfare of Ugandans in Qatar

Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Hajji Abbey Walusimbi (R) on Thursday met with Deputy Head of Uganda's Mission in Qatar, Muhammad Kezaala, in Kampala. Photo/Handout

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Qatar is no more just a place where Ugandans work, but consider another home away from home. With the opening of our Embassy in 2019, this has become a second home to the Ugandans, with the Uganda Community in Qatar falling between 5000 to 6000.

This was revealed Thursday, July 20, as the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Hajji Abbey Walusimbi, held talks with the Deputy Head of Mission in Qatar, Ambassador Muhammad Kezaala, who paid a courtesy visit to him in Kampala.

The two supremos discussed matters regarding labour externalisation, including well-being and challenges facing Ugandans working in Qatar, among others.

On his part, Ambassador Walusimbi thanked H.E. President Museveni for fronting the dignity of his ‘Bazukulu’, abroad. Additionally, he said the government will have a robust monitoring unit, to look into the welfare of Ugandans working abroad, especially in Qatar, which will be charged with ascertaining living and working conditions and handling disputes that emerge.

Walusimbi also urged Ugandans in Qatar to act as ambassadors in their respective workplaces and companies, by selling Uganda’s great image abroad. This, he said will strengthen the relationship and bridge gaps between Qatar and Ugandans, hence promoting tourism, trade and investment.

In his remarks, the Deputy Head of Mission in Qatar, Ambassador Kezaala, appreciated the Government of Uganda for its continued support and guidance to the Embassy. He added that since the launch of the mission, it has paved the way for handling issues.

Kezaala noted that the facility is offering consular services, documents attestation, and welfare activities for the community, adding that having an official presence has helped Uganda improve ties with Qatar, both economically and culturally.

It should be noted that, apparently, Ugandans in Qatar are getting real support from the Embassy, as they try to invite friends from Qatar to visit and invest in the Pearl of Africa.

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