Parliament has rejected a proposal by its Human Rights Committee seeking to grant refugees children born in Uganda citizenship.
This followed a recommendation voiced by Agnes Taaka Wejuli, the Committee’s chairperson while tabling a committee report on Monday May 10, 2021.
“The committee recommends that the children of refugees born in Uganda should be granted citizenship and should be registered at birth as Ugandans,” Taaka noted.
The suggestion attracted a heated discussion both from a section of opposition and ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) legislators.
Commenting on the matter, Mukono South Member of Parliament (MP) Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga (NRM) said the unregulated integration of refugees is dangerous and might alienate native Ugandans in the long run.
“This country is well known for accommodating many refugees, as we speak now, there are hundreds and hundreds of Sudanese, Congolese, people from Burundi and Rwanda. The moment we grant that, it will be another outlet to allow these refugees purchase land,” Ssenyonga pointed.