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32 Chinese nationals arrested for selling pancakes, toys

25 June 2015, 18:47 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Ugandan businessmen have urged the government to stop Chinese nationals from operating petty businesses like selling pancakes and toys.

It is due to such complaints that operations to arrest foreigners living illegally in Uganda are taking place.

32 Chinese nationals have thus far been arrested for illegally staying in Uganda and operating business without licences. The Chinese have been arrested in an operation mounted by police and Uganda immigration department officers.

All the 32 were arrested from the sub-urb of Entebbe town a few kilometers from Entebbe International Airport.They were reportedly found in a big house surrounded with a high perimeter wall.

The  immigration department officer who led the operation Benjami Katana confirmed the incident.

" We have arrested the 32 Chinese in Entebbe town. We found them in a big house with several computers and a boardroom.They claimed that they were doing business on the internet from the house," he said.

He added that they are carrying out investigations to establish how they came into the country and stayed there illegally.

The Chinese will be deported to their countries after being taken to court to be charged with unlawfully staying in the country, he added.

Thousands of Chinese nationals are reportedly living in Uganda where they operate all sorts of businesses including owning retail shops and selling pancakes.

Ugandan traders have on many occasions complained against the Chinese taking over their businesses like that of selling pan-cakes.

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