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Koreans fear to come to Uganda over Idi Amin - ambassador

Ha Byung-Kyoo inspecting engineering students' projects at Kabale University

Ha Byung-Kyoo inspecting engineering students' projects at Kabale University

South Koreans are scared of coming to Uganda because of the country's terror and human rights violations past according to South Korean Ambassador to Uganda Ha Byung-Kyoo.

According to Kyoo, many South Koreans think Uganda is a dangerous and unsafe country, where people are mistreated by the regime akin to incidences from Idi Amin’s reign of terror which involved a widespread violation of human rights. 

Kyoo was addressing students of Kabale University during a public lecture at the university in Kabale district on Tuesday. He said that because of the country's dented history, many South Korean tourists avoid Uganda and opt for the neighbouring countries; Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to track mountain gorillas. 

He, however, says that efforts to improve the relations of both governments are underway adding that by next year Uganda will have an embassy in South Korea.   

"Rwanda, DR Congo, Sudan Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia all have embassies in South Korea except Uganda. Many Korean tourists are visiting Rwanda, they are afraid of coming to Uganda because they still think Uganda is a dangerous country with the terror of 1970s of Idi Amin. I think Uganda needs to promote the image to the Korean people. I have some good news that the parliament has approved the budget of the next financial year and that includes the embassy of helping the embassy in Korea." Kyoo said. 

Kyoo also expressed concern over the lack of a saving culture among Ugandans despite the availability of natural resources, tourist attractions and good climate conditions to help them generate income. 

"Another important thing I would like to mention is the importance of savings…all the Korean kids have a savings account. I hope in Uganda they start to teach children the importance of savings. It doesn’t matter how much you save, what matters is the habit of saving. It seems in Uganda people do not have the need to save for anything. I think it is because what you need is already there. Unlike Koreans you don’t have to prepare for the winter, enough food is available. Probably because of this your lifestyle is live every moment...If you think about the future, the moment you live you cannot expect any development. Development is for people to think about the future. If you think about the future, you save." Kyoo said. 

During the same meeting, Kabale University vice chancellor Prof Joy Kwesiga hinted that the university was still struggling to attract qualified personnel among its academic staff.  

According to Kwesiga, many of the lectures in Kabale University today possess Masters degrees compared to the required PhDs. Without revealing the number Kwesiga, however, said that the university has resorted to sponsoring most of them to upgrade to make sure that they obtain PhDs. 

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0 #11 rubangakene 2020-02-14 00:05
At least Idi Amin restored our collective self-esteem; nobody is now called 'boy', something the Indians had taken for granted.

Now a Ugandan can stand in any place and be counted although we still have work to do in some quarters where there is "kneeling and begging".
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0 #12 Lakwena 2020-02-14 08:39
Quoting Lysol:
Many around the world still believe that Amin still rules Uganda.

They might be right even though he has been dead for many years.

Museveni's regime has only perfected Aminism to fool the world. It is Amin 02.


In other words, they came to power thru violence on the same date, 25th January (eras of terror and murder). Probably they share the same fate:

Since Amin was deposed and died in the Arabian Desert, so will Mr. M7also be deposed and dies somewhere in the Kalahari Desert (fringe of Angola) where he goes to settle is dispute with Kagame..
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-2 #13 Lakwena 2020-02-14 08:52
Quoting Moses Ali:
...The journalist picked some of his words which sound bad, just to make Ugandans click it. lol. Rubbish.

What the Amb really cares about is Uganda’s future, even he is trying to build the Ugandan embassy in Korea. We shall get this great opportunity and make more jobs for the Youth. South Korea! Keep supporting us and GOD BLESS YOU.


Moses Ali, if the South Koreans are the ones building our embassy in Seoul, what happened to Mr. M7''s arrogant "independent, integrated and sustainable economy" rhetoric?

Amin whom Mr. M7 degraded as a swine, bought in cash, all the current Ugandan Embassies in the World's Capitals.

In other words, who is the swine of a president who can't build own State House, President's Office Foreign Affairs Office Block and Embassies in foreign countries capitals.

And tomorrow when Moses Ali is burying him he is eulogized as a patriot. What a country!
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0 #14 Lakwena 2020-02-14 09:38
And Moses, doesn't it bother you that the Korean leaders (ambassador) love and care more about Ugandans than our current leaders who can't build and/or buy our Embassy in Korea?

Look at the rickety contraption of a "work bench above", which the Engineering students are using, what does it tell you? No wonder Amb Byung-Kyoo is shocked and sympathetic.

By the way Moses, in the good old-days of equal opportunity in a education, Amb Byung-Kyoo was my OB, 2 classes ahead of me in Aga Khan High School (H H Aga Khan SSS).

In other words, Byung-Kyoo's father was also the South Korean Ambassador to Uganda during Amin's Era of Terror and murder. That's how he knows about Amin's legacy and Uganda.
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0 #15 Makumbi Ronald 2020-02-14 12:33
Quoting Lakwena:
And Moses, doesn't it bother you that the Korean leaders (ambassador) love and care more about Ugandans than our current leaders who can't build and/or buy our Embassy in Korea?

Look at the rickety contraption of a "work bench above", which the Engineering students are using, what does it tell you? No wonder Amb Byung-Kyoo is shocked and sympathetic.

By the way Moses, in the good old-days of equal opportunity in a education, Amb Byung-Kyoo was my OB, 2 classes ahead of me in Aga Khan High School (H H Aga Khan SSS).

In other words, Byung-Kyoo's father was also the South Korean Ambassador to Uganda during Amin's Era of Terror and murder. That's how he knows about Amin's legacy and Uganda.


Lakwena, that is hilarious. Once, on his remarks, I heard it was his first time to visit Uganda as he started working here at the korean embassy.

What a shame that you show off your silliness.!
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+1 #16 Byung Kyoo Ha 2020-02-14 12:53
Thanks for your comment.
It seems that my message was misunderstood. Please check this.
https://www.independent.co.ug/dark-history-still-affects-ugandas-image-in-south-korea-envoy/#comment-109526

Byung-Kyoo Ha, Korean Ambassador to Uganda
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0 #17 Zaitun 2020-02-14 16:31
We do not care about the so-called image you are talking about. It is preferable to stayed away from us, at your home.

Be informed, Mr Ambassador and his clients like Moses Ali that, it was the likes of Museveni who were terrorising Ugandans. For how many times was he saved by his collaborators while coming from Tanzania to kill Ugandans?

If the Koreans fear coming to Uganda, that is their problem. Why should they rush to US, a killer State? Have they become so myope and dense that they have forgotten what the US did in their region?

For Moses Ali, Ugandans should excuse him, for he still harbours anger for being expelled as a Minister by Amin since he wanted to get rich for doing nothing.

These guys love Museveni's Uganda because he has already sold everything to them at the expense of Ugandans.
There is no smoke without fire!
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0 #18 Lakwena 2020-02-14 18:34
Quoting Makumbi Ronald:
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Lakwena, that is hilarious. Once, on his remarks, I heard it was his first time to visit Uganda as he started working here at the korean embassy.

What a shame that you show off your silliness.!

Makumbi, If I am that silly, where in the article, did Byung-Kyoo say that it was his first time to visit Uganda?
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