The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Chinese government to repatriate Ugandans jailed in China.
Kadaga made the statements during a meeting with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) chairperson, Wang Yang held on Friday at Parliament.
The CPPCC also known as Peoples PCC is a Political advisory body in the People’s Republic of China. It is the largest and dominant party in the conference with two-thirds of the seats is the Communist Party of China (CPC). Others are the United Front allied with CPC and from independent members.
CPPCC delegation was in Uganda ahead of the launch the 53 kilometers Entebbe Express Highway constructed by China Communications and Construction Company.
Kadaga, who addressed the media after the closed-door meeting, says that she used the opportunity to ask the chairman to plead for the transfer of the jailed Ugandans to serve their sentences back home.
According to Kadaga, Yang promised to address the matter.
By 2016, Uganda had 120 prisoners jailed in China with over 70 on death row over charges of drug trafficking.
Kadaga also said that there is need for Uganda to increase the value and volume of its exports to China if it wants to benefit from the trade between the two countries. She asked Yang to support Uganda in terms of opportunities of trade.
Kadaga says that Yang implored Ugandan companies to take part in the trade expo in November, where they will be given more opportunities to show case Uganda’s products.