Why Babu Owino Can't Set Foot in Uganda

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Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has been banned from entering Uganda.

play Embakasi East MP, Babu Owino (Twitter)

Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino was forbidden from visiting Uganda without approval from the government.

On Friday Babu Owino posted a letter on his official Twitter account stating that he had been declared an unwanted guest by the Ugandan government.

The letter addressed to CS Monica Juma from Uganda's Minister of Internal Affairs General Haji A.J. Odongo declared that Babu Owino will not be allowed access to the country without approval from proper authorities.

Declared unwanted

"The purpose of this letter is to make it known that Honorable Babu Owino is officially declared as persona non grata within the borders of Uganda and will not be permitted entry without special clearance from the Ministry of Internal Affairs," part of the letter read.

play Embakasi East MP, Babu Owino with Ugandan MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine (Twitter)


General Haji's letter claimed that Babu's actions and activities had undermined President Yoweri Museveni's government.

The Minister stated that Babu was docile in the alleged seditious activities of Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine.

"During Bobi Wine's visit to Kenya last month, Babu hosted Wine in a number of functions and events. The duo uttered inflammatory and seditious words against the democratic and legitimate rule of President Yoweri Museveni," the letter further stated.

Protection from Ugandans is illegal

General Haji's letter also cautioned any person found aiding or abetting the violation of the directive would be in violation of a legal order and would face prosecution.

A persona non grata is a foreign person whose entering or remaining in a particular country is prohibited by that country's government.

play Here is the letter (Twitter)


play Another part of the letter (Twitter)


Being so named is the most serious form of censure which a country can apply to foreign diplomats, who are otherwise protected by diplomatic immunity from arrest and other normal kinds of prosecution.

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