SUDHIR RUPARELIA APPOINTED NEPALESE CONSULAR TO UGANDA; PRIVILEGES AWAIT TYCOON
By Mulengera Reporter
Sudhir Ruparelia, one of East Africa’s richest men, is soaring higher with the latest news coming through indicating he has joined the Diplomatic Corps after being appointed the Honorary Consular of the Republic of Nepal to Uganda.
Mulengera News has learnt that an inauguration ceremony is scheduled for early March in Kampala.
HE Jhabindra Aryal Rajdoot, the Nepalese Ambassador to Egypt, will represent President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the event. Rajdoot has been doubling as Nepal’s representative to Uganda.
Ruparelia is expected to present his credentials to President Yoweri Museveni before he can officially start his role of taking care of the affairs of all the people of Nepal who reside and work in Uganda, as well as working to strengthen economic, political and diplomatic relations between Kampala and Kathmandu. He will also represent and push for Nepal’s interests in Uganda.
An Indian by descent, Ruparelia has strong relations with the leadership in Nepal. He has visited various places in the Asian country, including an orphanage in the capital Kathmandu where he donated various items, as well as a baby elephant sanctuary.
Officially referred to as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the landlocked South Asian country is home to just over 26 million people.
Surprisingly, the country, which borders with China and India, ranked number four on the list of countries contributing officers such as police, military experts on mission, staff officers and troops to UN peace keeping missions as of January 2020.
By virtue of his role as Consular, Ruparelia will get privileges ordinary Ugandans, including most politicians, can’t have.
These include immunity from arrest or detention. The State will also be required to ensure that Ruparelia is treated with due respect and all appropriate steps are taken to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity.
He will also enjoy immunity from criminal and civil suits, and will not be obliged to give evidence as a witness in court.
The State will also exempt Ruparelia from social security provisions, as well as a number of taxes and dues.
Other privileges include exemption of his personal baggage from inspection, and the protection of his official residence by the State.