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Delhi Govt's Flip-flop on Ugandan Envoy

The unseemly fallout of the raid on a house occupied by a few Ugandan nationals here, by a group of AAP activists led by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti, has witnessed the AAP shifting its stance more than a couple of times. 

Published: 21st January 2014 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2014 08:40 AM   |  A+A-

The unseemly fallout of the raid on a house occupied by a few Ugandan nationals here, by a group of AAP activists led by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti, has witnessed the AAP shifting its stance more than a couple of times.  

While the AAP is adamant that an Ugandan official had met Bharti, Kampala’s mission made it clear that none of its representatives had met or contacted any Delhi government official. Consequently, it has turned into the mystery of the missing Ugandan High Commission official.

All through Monday, the AAP leaders have been contradicting each other on the issue. Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said a “woman from the Ugandan mission” had met Bharti.

“The woman told Bharti ‘you did very well, many women from our country are being trafficked’. She brought this letter,” said the CM, waving a letter.

The ‘letter’, dated June 19, 2013 is purportedly written by the Ugandan High Commission Defence adviser Brigadier G J Etyang to the Chief of Military Intelligence at the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces Headquarters. It talks about the repatriation of an Ugandan woman, who had been duped into prostitution after arriving here.

The letter asks the Ugandan MI chief to interrogate the women on their arrival in Kampala. Another letter attached is that of the woman, which is addressed to the Ugandan High Commission here, in which she claims to have been confined to a house at Malviya Nagar on her arrival here.

Interestingly, at another news conference held by the AAP on Monday, former journalist Ashutosh was asked to name the Ugandan official. Twice he gestured with his fingers to convey the name of G J Etyang-- whose first name as per Ugandan news reports is George Johnson-- who had written the letter.

“This is the official who met Bharti 2-3 days back,” he said.

Later, Ashutosh withdrew his statement and it was reiterated that a woman from the Ugandan High Commission had met the AAP, but her identity was not disclosed.

Meanwhile, Union External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that no officials were currently present at the Ugandan High Commission.

Since the controversy erupted last week, no one has been picking up the phone at the Ugandan High Commission.

Incidentally, Kampala went unrepresented at the urgent meeting convened by the MEA with the missions of all the African states on Saturday.



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