Ms Jackie Wolfson, a United States of America citizen and founder of Shule Foundation, a non profit organisation headquartered in the United States was removed from the country for violating immigration laws; government has said.
According to government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, Wolfson was operating in the country illegally, having come as a tourist, only to start operating a business.
“This is to inform the public that Jacqueline Wolfson holding a tourist visa, but passing as a charity giver under Shule Foundation has been removed from Uganda for violation of immigration laws,” Opondo said in a statement issued yesterday.
“Further, there is no record at immigration that Jacqueline Wolfson has ever applied for a work permit since 2014 when she has been visiting Uganda,” he added.
Wolfson, according to Human-rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, was arrested before being detained aboard a KLM flight.
“Jackie Wolfson of the Shule Foundation was arrested on the weekend & deported by the Ugandan authorities via a KLM flight out of Entebbe at 11.45pm on Sunday on the baseless accusations of using her NGO to fund @HEBobiwine & people power. Paperwork we signed before her arrest,” he said.
Indeed, Wolfson on reaching her destination said; “Home safe and sound in the Big Apple with my Bree. Thank you KLM and to the ladies of Flight 537 for all the hospitality and kindness you showed me. You are now my favourite airline.”
Wolfson recently organised a charity concert featuring South African legendary artiste Yvonne Chaka Chaka, at the concert, Bobi Wine got showered in praise and Chaka Chaka named him Uganda’s little Mandela.
Despite accusations of funding Bobi Wine, Wolfson claims that her organisation does not align to any political affiliation either in United Sates nor in Uganda and certainly does not fund or donate to political campaigns or politicians in any country.
“We do not divert any amount of donated funds to any person(s) or organization(s) that is not within our mission, nor do we participate in electioneering.”
“The Shule Foundation takes our NGO status very seriously and would do nothing to jeopardize this privilege. Shule Foundation has been and will continue to abide and be regulated by rules governing Non-Governmental Organization within and without. We adhere to all guidelines and regulations put upon us by the governing bodies in all countries in which we work and Uganda is our start point,” she adds.
Addressing the nation on Sunday, Mr Museveni observed: “What superior intelligence do you have to think that you can understand the problem in my house better that we the occupants. If there is a problem in our house, we the occupants will solve it. Keep out. It is also practically wrong because outsiders cannot have enough information about a foreign situation.”