UPDF Denies ‘Forcefully’ Returning Ugandans From S. Sudan

The first batch of Ugandans retrieved from the unstable South Sudan has Friday afternoon crossed into Uganda.

The UPDF spokesperson Col Paddy Ankunda confirmed to Chimpreports that by the close of Friday, mind about 3000 Ugandans will have returned home in the first phase of the mission.

Ugandans trapped in Juba are converging in the in Nisitu town which is about 10 kilometers south of the Capital, approved where they are being picked by the UPDF trucks.

Ankunda estimates that about 5000 Ugandans are stuck in Juba alone and hundreds more in the other parts of the country.

“But the exercise in going well; we are on course,” he said.

The army spokesperson however, dispelled as false rumors reports that some Ugandans had refused to return home. There was talk earlier that some Ugandans had resisted to leave behind their businesses.

Minister of disaster preparedness Hon Hilary Onek claimed that some of these “would be returned forcefully.”

Ankunda told us, “We cannot return those that don’t want to. We are not hunting Ugandans house by house; those that want to come home can only find us at one point in Nisitu.”

So far up to 11 Ugandans have been killed in the fighting that broke out last week between the soldiers of President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar.

German nationals arrive at Entebbe airport from South Sudan
German nationals arrive at Entebbe airport from South Sudan

Other countries have also rushed to the troubled nation to evacuate their citizens, some of them seeking temporary refuge in Uganda.

Earlier, all German nationals trapped in the capital Juba were flown to Entebbe Airport according to the German Embassy in Kampala.

Chinese nationals too, including United Nation peacekeepers who were injured when the UN base in Juba was shelled, have also been brought to Uganda for treatment.

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