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BEN TV Broadcasts Statement from Uganda High Commission

Friday, 17th May 2013

The Uganda High Commission in London sends out its sincere gratitude to the management of BEN TV in London for broadcasting our statement to the general public during the Uganda Vision Program on 12th and 13th May 2013.

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The statement corrected the wrong impression given by a fictitious story by John Masaba that appeared in the New Vision of 4th May 2013 with an alarming title that "UK blacklists Uganda's diplomatic passports'.

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As a result of this false story, many patriotic Ugandans especially those in the UK were concerned and sought clarification on this. Mr Anthony Kadama kindly offered to get the statement aired on BEN TV free of charge!

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When the statement was first read on BEN TV on Sunday 12th May 2013 a total of 97,841 TV sets were tuned in while the figure shot up to 124,000 on Monday 13th May 2013.

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The Uganda High Commission in London wishes to further assure the general public that the UK authorities have never at any one given point in time communicated to the Ugandan Government that Ugandan diplomatic passports are no longer recognized. The diplomats at the Uganda High Commission are all Foreign Service Officers posted to serve in London by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda. These diplomats and their families are entitled to diplomatic passports and have never met any encumbrances in their movements or carrying on their duties as a result of their passports.

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On the issue of Diplomatic Identity Cards, we would like to state that these are issued to Staff members of all Diplomatic Missions or Consular Posts and members of their families forming part of their households. A Diplomatic Identity card can be used for identification purposes and is not a travel document. It also shows that the holder enjoys privileges and/or immunities.

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