“A moment of silence was also offered to Ugandans who have passed away.”
United Kingdom – 14, April 2021: The Uganda High Commission in London on 10, April 2021 organized a ‘2nd virtual interaction session’ with the Ugandan Diaspora in UK and Ireland via zoom.
The discussions which focused on Mission services and investment opportunities available in Uganda brought together over 360 participants from UK and Ireland, a statement from the Commission in London says.
Uganda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom also accredited to Ireland, H.E Julius Peter Moto opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who passed on last week aged 99.
“A moment of silence was also offered to Ugandans who had passed away,” the statement further reads.
Ambassador Julius Peter Moto informed the summit that presidential and parliamentary elections were peacefully concluded in January 2021 and the Electoral Commission declared the incumbent President, H.E Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni the winner on 16th January 2021, awaiting inauguration in May 2021.
“Parliament of Uganda is yet to enact enabling legislation to enable Ugandans in the Diaspora to participate in electoral process, but it is expected that by the next elections in 2026 the requisite law will have been passed,” Ambassador told the summit.
He reassured the Ugandan community that the country had moved on after the elections and will remain peaceful, focused on socio-economic transformation.
He lauded the Diaspora for their contribution to national development, continued support and participation in all Mission events.
In addition, according to the statement, copy of which TND News has got, the Ambassador called upon the Diaspora to “seize investment opportunities in Uganda” particularly in the real estate sector, treasury bills and individual saving schemes.
He advised applicants for passports, National IDs, Visas, Dual citizenship and other Mission services to always attach all the required documents to avoid delays.
The interaction was also addressed by representatives from Housing Finance Bank led by Mr. Yunus Babuwaire, Manager Personal Banking as well as National Social Security Fund (NSSF) led by Mr. Tadeo Tahirwa, the fund’s Relationship Manager.
The pair made presentations on the “investment opportunities through financial products offered by their respective institutions including mortgages, real estate, fixed-term deposits and voluntary saving schemes”, among others.
Uganda’s Honorary Consul to Ireland, Dr. Sylvia Katete Gavigan, also spoke during this interaction and noted that Ugandans in Ireland looked forward to the Mission’s outreach visit to Dublin at an appropriate time after easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Ugandan community raised several questions on services provided by the Mission as well as the opportunities for investment and services outlined by Housing Finance Bank and NSSF which were responded to by respective Mission staff and representatives from the two institutions.