Uganda has called for discussions among governments to curtail the on-going xenophobic attacks in South Africa that have left scores dead.
The attacks, mainly targeting foreigners in South Africa and their businesses have drawn the attention of countries.
Jacob Oulanyah, deputy Speaker of Parliament, expressed his worries over the escalating attacks.
“The situation in the southern part of Africa is worrying. Governments must come together to do something about this situation,” Oulanyah told the country’s legislators in a session that was broadcast live.
“People migrate for all reasons; search for opportunities and if the security situation is not favourable,” he added.
Oulanyah also noted that in a number of countries such as Nigeria, citizens there had started retaliating by burning and vandalizing businesses owned by South Africans.
“We now have this term called xenophobia. Several citizens of other countries have been affected. We need to start discussion on how to handle this situation,” Oulanyah noted.
Jacqueline Amongin, one of the legislators, said what was happening in South Africa was a matter of continental concern.
“The xenophobic attacks in South Africa are unacceptable and we condemn it. The safety of all Africans in South Africa is not guaranteed,” she said.
The legislators later demanded an official statement from the country’s foreign affairs ministry about the safety of Ugandans in South Africa. Enditem