For the last few years, Chinese investors have flocked Uganda like a school of fish in a pond, this has been due to the increased market space in the country. Contractors, petty traders, investors, and entrepreneurs from China have been pouring into Uganda for the past decade according to UIA the Chinese make a half of Uganda’ s foreigners, this is not the problem but the problem is that most of the Chinese men have turned out to be in-laws of the Ugandan community which has made men in Uganda furious towards the Chinese.
According to Ugandan immigration officials, there’s one major downside: an increasing number of Chinese men are marrying Ugandan women to gain residency and continue their business interests in the country.
Officials from the immigration office informed the parliament there are more and increasing numbers of Chinese-Ugandan couples, often in sham unions. Couples are normally interviewed before spousal status is granted and Chinese men involved in sham marriages are deported.
“But we have many who are marrying and even producing… Even our Ugandan women are accepting to reproduce with these men,” an official from Uganda’s Directorate of citizenship and immigration control told the committee.
“Those Chinese are taking our women and also our women are accepting them because they have the money, it because of that most of them are running there,” said a one Zayid a trader in Kikubo.