A strong anti-Narcotics law is in the offing in preparation for a prisoner reciprocal agreement with countries like china where Ugandans are being hanged, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa has told Parliament.
Kutesa told Parliament’s foreign Affairs committee on Tuesday that he had requested the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafiire to propose a tough law in which Uganda will come to an understanding with Chinese authorities on the transfer of prisoners.
The minister explained that with a reciprocal agreement, prisoners would serve terms they are adjudicated in foreign countries. He observes that there is need for other countries to gain confidence in Uganda’s legal mechanism. He said with the new law, the Chinese would be confident that prisoners will not be released when they are surrendered to Ugandan authorities.
“I have engaged the Chinese government and they feel we are weak on anti-drug laws. If they release these people to us, they may end up going back to China,” Kutesa said.
Kutesa dismissed calls from affected families that government should in the meantime offer air tickets to them to visit their relatives. He said the best government could do is to inform them of the incarceration of their relatives in prisons abroad.
The minister added that a desk had been established in China where embassy officials check on Ugandan prisoners and relay information to their respective families.
Two Ugandans Omar Ddamulira and Ham Andrew Ngobi were two months ago executed in China’s Guandong province over drug trafficking.
According to the ministry of foreign affairs twenty three Ugandans have also since been sentenced to death for smuggling drugs into China. Another 22 Ugandans are serving life sentences.