Government has come out to clarify on the concerns that followed reports on Friday morning that a select group of people had been cleared to fly into the country next week despite the ongoing Covid19 lockdown.
A letter signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, which cleared three family members of a city tycoon to be flown in on an Ethiopian Airlines flight, sparked public fury.
However, in a statement, Government Spokesman Ofwono Opondo clarified that more Ugandans will be on the same flight coming in on Monday.
The Ethiopian Airlines representative in the country told ChimpReports earlier today that the flight is coming in to repatriate Canadian citizens.
Opondo said in a statement that government sought to use the opportunity of the flight to bring home some of the Ugandans stranded abroad, particularly those currently in Ethiopia.
“When an opportunity presented itself and an Ethiopian Airline flight is coming to Uganda, we requested the airline to bring the Ugandans who are stranded in Addis Ababa,” Opondo said.
He went on to list up to 13 Ugandans whom he said will be on the same flight.
ChimpReports however, has seen another list of individuals cleared by Minister Kutesa, which brings the total number of passengers to 20.
Opondo says Minister Kutesa gave the green light for the Ugandans to be flown in “after wide consultation including with the Ministry of Health.”
The Health Ministry has since designated places where the returnees will be quarantined and checked for Covid19.
Meanwhile, the government mouthpiece says cabinet is finally set to sign off on the process of repatriating more Ugandans who are stranded in other countries.
This process had stalled for weeks since President Museveni permitted it last month.
Opondo says the Cabinet will on Monday next week finalize the policy position on the matter where more Ugandans will be helped to return home.