By Our Reporter
The government of Uganda has responded to media reports that many Ugandans are languishing in Turkish prisons.
In a press statement dated today, 25th August 2023 through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, government says it has confirmed that indeed 87 Ugandans are incarcerated in various prisons in Turkiye.
The Ugandans are languishing in the prisons of Harmandali, Silvre, Tuzla, Erzurum 1 and Erzurum 2 and Erdine.
The statement signed by Bagiire Vincent Waiswa, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs attributes the imprisonment to breach of Immigration laws of Turkiye by the Ugandans.
“Officials of Ugandan Embassy in Turkiye have identified and confirmed that 87 Ugandans have been detained by Turkiye authorities due to overstay of their visas,” reads the statement in part.
Bagiire says government is engaging relevant Turkiye authorities to find a mutually acceptable solution to the address the problem. He also promises to communicate to the affected families regarding any developments.