Ugandan Immigration Department has denied the claims made by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Musisi, a Ugandan-born US military officer, regarding his alleged denial of entry into the country. Musisi alleges that immigration officials at the International Airport mistreated and harassed him upon his return to Uganda.
In a local radio interview on February 13, 2024, Simon Peter Mundeyi, the immigration spokesperson, dismissed Musisi’s claims, stating that his conduct upon arriving at the airport was unprofessional. Consequently, immigration officials merely requested that Musisi surrender his passport.
Mundeyi expressed his disbelief over Musisi’s assertions on TikTok, labeling them as “total lies.” He clarified that the immigration officials had requested Musisi’s passport for visa checks because Americans are required to pay for visas. However, Musisi refused to hand over his passport. Mundeyi also noted that Musisi had apologized, and this apology had been recorded. The spokesperson questioned Musisi’s credibility, stating that if he was convinced he was right, why did he feel the need to apologize to immigration authorities?
These counterclaims by the immigration department challenge the account provided by Musisi. With conflicting reports from both sides, the veracity of the incidents is yet to be fully determined. Investigations are ongoing to gather all available evidence and statements to shed light on the events surrounding Musisi’s alleged mistreatment.
The Ugandan Immigration Department has emphasized that they prioritize professionalism and respectful treatment of all individuals entering the country. They are committed to upholding the standards and regulations for visa checks and passport inspections, ensuring the security and integrity of the nation.