African pop star refuses to leave Bristol after being denied a British passport
THE Ugandan musician who came to Bristol to find his long lost family has been refused a British passport – but he said he would rather go to prison than to return to Uganda.
Last week The Post reported the story of David Stride, whose British father was forced to leave the African state in 1971 with the arrival of Idi Amin.
Dr George Stride was a scientist from Bristol, who fell in love with David's Ugandan mother, Margaret, and married according to ancient tribal customs before David was born.
But the family was torn apart following Amin's rise to power in 1971, a year after David's birth. Dr Stride was thrown out of the country, and took a new post at a research station in Samoa, while his mother escaped to Tanzania after being accused of being a British spy, leaving David to be brought up by his grandmother.
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The 42-year-old tracked down his late father's family in Bristol earlier this month, and had hoped to secure a British passport to allow visits back to his niece in Hartcliffe.
But Mr Stride's application was turned down, because he was unable to provide documentary evidence that his parents were ever legally married.
Mr Stride has now threatened to remain in the country illegally following the expiry of his two month visa, "until the matter is solved".
He said if it requires "going to prison like Mandela" to highlight what he describes as "social discrimination", he says he is prepared to do so, rather than returning to Uganda.
"I know once I go to Uganda I will not be given a visa to get back to my country of origin," he said.