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Uganda to evacuate nationals from S. SudanPublish Date: Dec 19, 2013
Uganda to evacuate nationals from S. Sudan
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Minister of information and national guidance Rose Namanyaja addresses journalists at a press conference. PHOTO: Juliet Kasirye
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By John Agaba

Government is making arrangements to evacuate Ugandans injured in clashes between the SPLA and forces loyal to ex-vice president, Dr. Riek Machar.


In a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, information minister Rose Namayanja, said that government was in consultation with the government of South Sudan and the Uganda mission in the country to see how they can evacuate the injured Ugandans.

She said: “We want to bring all our people who are injured so they can be treated here.”

She said the government of Uganda has agreed with the government of South Sudan to have a safe passage for all the buses coming to Uganda.

According to media reports, at least eight Ugandans have reportedly sustained injuries since clashes broke out in the oil-rich country on Sunday, and four have died.

However, Namayanja could not ascertain these figures, saying, “We don’t want to speculate. We are collaborating with our mission in Juba and we shall get you the exact number after confirming the figures. The mission is coordinating this.”

She also confirmed the death of a one Agu Ratib, whom she said hailed from Yumbe district. She said government was making arrangements to bring his body back.

Namayanja said that South Sudan remained volatile but calm. She said that shops, banks, airport and roads were starting to open and that some Ugandans have started coming back.

“We shall continue to monitor the situation and if it keeps volatile we shall encourage our people to come back,” she said.

Over 500 people are reported to have been killed in South Sudan since the Sunday clashes which President Salva Kiir has blamed on soldiers royal to arch rival, former Vice President Riek Machar, who was sacked in July.

 

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