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Works and Internal Affairs Ministers to Present Statement on Alleged Entebbe Airport Extortions

The House has been instructed to receive a joint statement from the Ministers of Works and Internal Affairs about claims of extortion at Entebbe International Airport.

Works and Internal Affairs Ministers to Present Statement on Alleged Entebbe Airport Extortions

The House has been instructed to receive a joint statement from the Ministers of Works and Internal Affairs about claims of extortion at Entebbe International Airport.

Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker, issued the order at the Wednesday, January 24, 2022, session of the House.

The Minister for Internal Affairs will handle the instances involving immigration officers, while the Minister for Works and Transport will take the lead as he is in charge of the Civil Aviation Authority, he said.

The Deputy Speaker made mention of media reports and videos of Ugandans being denied entry and exit from the nation.

“Some people have been denied the opportunity to travel for possibilities that they worked hard to obtain,” Tayebwa observed. “Someone wants something tiny to put in their pocket.”

“I also read a disturbing article about a certain citizen who was permitted to leave the country despite being on a blacklist in the Daily Monitor. I’m glad the Civil Aviation Authority acknowledged the majority of these,” he continued.

Tayebwa pointed out that public officials suspected of extortion should face harsher punishment.

“These officers have allegedly been fired according to media sources, yet they are actually criminals! You fired them today, and they went and got a job somewhere else and kept doing that habit,” he said.

The Deputy Speaker made the wise observation that it is advisable to confirm that those in charge of immigration checkpoints have security background.

“In other countries, the people manning immigration centres are usually from the Police. But when you pick individuals who do not know that charging someone US$5000 to enter the country and they bomb a school, church or public place, you end up losing much more!” Tayebwa said.

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