Jerry Bibuld, an International Chess Arbiter and organizer of the historic Wilbert Paige Memorial has been informed that Grace Nsubuga has been denied a visa to travel to the United States for chess competitions in the month of July. The U.S. Consulate of Uganda,headed by Consul Helen Johnston contends that there needs to be a burden of proof to show that Mr. Nsubuga will return to Uganda after competing. In response, Mr. Bibuld raises the question, "Incidentally, how does one go about proving he will return to his family and homeland? And, why should the 'land of the free and home of the brave' require such proof in order to issue a visa?"
Mr. Nsubuga, the son of a physician, is duly registered to compete in Philadelphia's World Open tournament with about 1500 other participants from around the world between June 30-July 8. He was also invited to compete in the Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament to be held July 14-23 in Harlem. Mr. Bibuld asserts in his letter that Consul Johnston's rationale for denying the visa seems to be based on gross assumptions of Mr. Nsubuga's character. Mr. Bibuld questions whether Consul Johnston's assumptions may be that Mr. Nsubuga intends to (1) seek "quick" economic opportunities in U.S. (2) plan some politically-charged act of terrorism or (3) frolic about in some adventurous acts of reckless behavior. Mr. Bibuld argues the contrary, offers character references, and remarks:
NM Nsubuga has played on the Ugandan Olympiad team in Armenia (1996), Kalmykia (1998) and Turkey (2000). In addition, he has traveled to Egypt to represent his national federation in the World Chess Championship Cycle and has visited Egypt and Kenya to play in international tournaments hosted by those two countries.
Mr. Bibuld further states:
NM Nsubuga is a professional chess master. Now, he has the possibility of winning relatively big money and -- more importantly, in the world of chess -- earning norms toward the coveted FIDE title of International Master. But the racism of a U. S. bureaucrat seeks to prevent him from pursuing his vocation and life's work.
Mr. Bibuld asserts that the decision of the U.S. government is irrational, unfair and warrants an investigation. If you have any information or expertise that may help bolster the chances of Mr. Nsubuga's visa approval, please contact Mr. Jerry Bibuld at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone him directly at (914) 939-5023.
Full text of Mr. Jerry Bibuild's Press Release
Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament
U.S. Consul in Uganda
Kampala (IV and NIV Issuing Post)
U.S. Embassy, Consular Section
P.O. Box 7007
Tel.:  (41) 25979/3/5
Fax: (256)(41) 259794
Posted by The Chess Drum: 10 June 2001