Deputy Speaker RT honourable Jacob Oulanyah has requested the Israeli Embassy in Kenya to reduce and ease the Visa restrictions for Ugandans who would wish to travel to the country.
Oulanyah said the Embassy should not put a lot of restrictions on certain categories of travellers especially those seeking to go for study, tourism and pilgrimage among others.
The Deputy Speaker who doubles as Omoro county member of parliament noted that several Ugandans are eager to go to Israel and thus making it easy for them to access the Holy Land would additionally promote Israel’s tourism potential.
“Our visa conditions sometimes are difficult because one has to keep getting a visa before they go to Israel. We need a move from the Embassy in Kenya for a reciprocal arrangement for Ugandans to make it to Israel,” said Oulanyah.
He advised on suggestion of no-visa policy like that accorded to Malawi by Israel that followed former Malawi President, Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s directive not to cut ties with Israel despite international pressure at the time.
Oulanyah made the remarks while meeting the the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Malawi , Eyal David who paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Speaker and MPs on Wednesday, 12 December 2018.