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Sheila Kawamara: UK Visa Application Process is Racist, Dehumanizing

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Friends you have to hear me out. I’m raging with anger against the British Government Home Office and in particular the UK Visa and Immigration officers, responsible.

I never want to throw my personal outbursts on social media, but I think when you have to put up a fight against people or establishments that are stronger than you, then the best way to get them to hear you out is to use all forms of media.

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When those with authority oppress ordinary citizens, by cowardly hiding behind institutions, we must face them by crying out loud. Laying ourselves bare and boldly facing them.

I know not many media houses would want to open up battles against their masters, but I will dare the mighty and powerful, because I believe very strongly that I’m suffering a gross injustice. I know many African brothers and sisters have suffered worse, but why should I remain silent? Thanks to social media and facebook.

Yesterday, April 25, my daughter, l arrived in the United Kingdom, all alone to celebrate her pre-wedding celebratory moment with her fiancee’s family. Painfully I could not be with her,nor her siblings who were denied visas. Reason given by the cowardly anonymous officer, that he or she “could not guarantee that they were genuine visitors to the UK and that they were likely to return to Uganda after their stay.”

What impudence is this? My daughter and son are both lawyers, recently enrolled and in gainful employment. At least they are not begging for food or homeless. Mr./Ms. Anonymous, where did you expect my children, who are just out of school to have got the huge bank accounts as proof of their genuineness and financial status?

My question is, as a family, if we had proof of air tickets, hotel bookings, invitations etc. that were demanded by the UK Visa and Immigration, what made Mr./Ms. Anonymous think that we wanted to use this opportunity to run out of warm, comfortable and beautiful Uganda to permanently settle in the cold, possibly on the streets as homeless aliens in the UK. At least I know for sure, neither me, nor my children would make such a miserable exchange or take such a pathetic decision.

As the mother to the bride, I applied for a Visa to the UK over 20 days ago, went through the laborious and tormenting experience of filling the hopeless Visa forms asking me to provide my most private details; attached all the so called necessary documentation; including proof of my widowhood, the death certificate of my husband, bringing all the sad memories and stripping myself, almost naked to prove my financial worthiness and assets (of course which are far more than those owned by majority of Britons and earned honestly through hard work).

All this I did to simply accompany my daughter to officially meet with the parents of her fiancee and also be with the mother of her fiance, who is extremely ill and she will not be attending their wedding in Kampala, next month.

What does someone in authority do? Decision taken, deny the siblings the Visas and since I have all the requirements fulfilled, hold onto my passport. Today I receive two communications from TLS telling me now that my passport has been forwarded to DMC for processing.

Later this evening I receive another message from TLS that my Visa is being worked on. Guys I cancelled my travel, so I will not be travelling to the UK. At least not now. So what decision are you making?

Please just return my passport since I have already lodged my complaint to the UK Home Office. Your actions were irresponsible, a violation to my rights and those of my family here in Uganda and in the UK. I have a right to associate and freedom to move wherever I want. Racism cannot be used to control the world. And I resist injustice in whatever form.

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Miss Uganda 2019 search is on

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Abenakyo Quiin, the reigning Miss Uganda.

Abenakyo Quiin, the reigning Miss Uganda.

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The search for the next Miss Uganda beauty queen is on. This was revealed during a press briefing held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday.

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Addressing media, Brenda Nanyonjo, the Kezzi Entertainment director and Miss Uganda CEO, said that registration kicked off on Monday. “We are looking for young and confident girls. On top of the usual attributes like age and height, we will also be keen on personality and character.” She said.

Like the 2018 edition, contestants will be scouted from the different regions across the country. “We will hold regional searches, but because we don’t have ample time, we will be scouting for contestants in two regions on the same day.” Nanyonjo noted.

The lucky candidates will then be heading to boot-camp on July 6th, before the ultimate winner is crowned on July 27 during a ceremony that will be hosted at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

Meanwhile, socialite Zari Hassan will return as the Miss Uganda 2019 patron and will also still be one of the judges. The socialite was among the judges of 2018 Miss Uganda beauty pageant where Abenakyo Quiin was crowned. Abenakyo went on to win Miss World Africa crown.

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Bad Black’s Baby Daddy Jets Into Country; Current Boyfriend To Pose as Brother

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Bad Black’s baby daddy to be is currently in the country. And she’s asked everyone to support her during these times as she siphons a million dollars out of him.

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She has also relegated her current boyfriend to brother status. As such for all the time the baby daddy to be is in the country, Boyfriend will act as brother.

Jonah must be enjoying this drama.

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Meet Nabongo, the Ugandan Girl Who Has Been to Every Country In The World

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She is not a slay queen, that is why you may not know her. But she will be the first person in the world to have visited every country in every continent.

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Jessica Nabongo is an American born Ugandan travel influencer who has been to 170 countries out of the 193 recognized by United Nations. She is left with 25 countries to go and all these she hopes to visit by end of 2019.

In North Korea for example, she could not travel on an American passport and had to use her Ugandan passport to gain entry. She is daring but above all, she is proof that the world is your oyster.

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