Economic Rights of Ugandans Amidst the New Wave of Immigrations

This publication was authored by: Center for Policy Analysis

Abstract / Summary

The influx of aliens engaging in petty and retail trade and by implication infringing on the economic space and livelihoods of Ugandan citizens has lately precipitated debate on the economic rights of citizens versus that of aliens. Notable among those that have been in the thick of this debate has been the Legislature through its Committee of Equal Opportunities. The argument that has been that the state is duty bound to hedge its citizens and their livelihoods from infringement by the influx of aliens. The proponents of this postulation argue that petty and retail trade-which are considered ordinary and basic, should be a preserve of natives and citizens while aliens should be limited to profession-specific jobs whose skills base if limited among natives and citizens. The adherents of this view cite Article 40 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda that states that every person in Uganda has the right to practice his or her profession and to carry on any lawful occupation, trade or business.