Over 3,000 Ugandans displaced by the recent clashes in South Sudan will be evacuated back home by the government.
The Minister of State for International Affairs, Hon. Okello Oryem, in a statement to Parliament, Thursday 14th July 2016 reported that an evacuation plan had been finalized to secure the safety of Ugandans assembled in Gumbo Market in Juba.
“Government is taking every measure possible to ensure the safety of Ugandans living in Juba, including their property. Urgent consultations are also ongoing to convene an extraordinary IGAD Summit on the sidelines of the AU Summit in Kigali,” he added.
Hon. Oryem confirmed that 11 Ugandans had lost their lives during the clashes, but warned those in other parts of South Sudan, especially Wau and Toorit to limit their movements and, where possible, assemble in the United Nations compounds for safety pending their evacuation.
He confirmed to legislators that Uganda was involved in regional efforts to address the conflict between the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition (SPLA-IO).
The Minister for Security, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, told Parliament that security personnel are in close touch with Ugandans in South Sudan and a sufficient standby force is in place to handle eventualities.
Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko, tasked government to ensure that the administration in South Sudan compensates Ugandans for the loss of lives and property as a result of the clashes.
Lamwo MP, Hon. Lanyero Molly, warned that the influx of refugees from South Sudan had stretched food and drug supplies of the border district. She called