South Sudan

Museveni Orders Evacuation of Ugandans Trapped in South Sudan

President Museveni has ordered the UPDF to evacuate Ugandans trapped in South Sudan

President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the evacuation of Ugandans trapped parts of neighboring South Sudan, pharm which were affected by the resurgence of armed conflict since last week.

President Museveni has reportedly directed the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to conduct the “safe evacuation” of the Ugandan nationals.

According to government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, for sale the Ugandans to be returned home are those in Nisitu town which is about 10 kilometers south of the Capital Juba and east of River Nile.

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They are all to be evacuated by road according Mr. Opondo.

The development comes on the heels of undying suspicions that Uganda was contemplating redeploying its forces into the troubled young nation.

The UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda hoverer clarified this morning that the army’s orders are to simply evacuate Ugandans.

“We will not deploy in Juba, ” Ankunda reaffirmed. “The few troops will secure the movement of evacuated civilians.”

The development comes amidst conflicting reports on the number of Ugandans that have so far lost their lives in South Sudan. The Foreign Affairs Ministry stated yesterday that only one Ugandan had been shot dead, while police says it’s two.

However, reports from South Sudan indicate that numerous Ugandans have been killed in the fighting that erupted last week between the soldiers of President Salva Kiir and his Deputy Riek Machar.

President Kiir has since called for a cease fire.


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