Ugandans refuse to leave Juba, UPDF uses force

  • Posted on: 15 July 2016
  • By: Sanyu FM

Uganda nationals who were supposed to be evacuated from the South Sudan capital Juba have refused to leave.

This was revealed by the minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Eng Hilary Onek.

Onek says the political mess in South Sudan has given his ministry a lot of work to do.

“UPDF has gone to bring back UG nationals stuck in S.Sudan but shockingly some of them don’t want to come back.”

The minister said UPDF will evacuate them forcefuly.

“There is nothing more important in this world than keeping yourself alive,” he advised the adamant Ugandans.

UPDF is set to evacuate the first batch of 1500 Ugandans from Nisitu market in the first batch.

Dr. Sam Omara, the spokesperson Office of the Prime Minister, told Uganda Radio Network although 2500 Ugandans have converged at Nisitu market ready to be evacuated, the trucks dispatched by the army can only carry a limited number.

The decision to evacuate the Ugandans follows recent clashes in the South Sudan capital, Juba between forces loyal to General Salvar Kiir and his first Vice president, Riek Machar.

The fighting claimed more than 250 people and displaced hundreds of others.

While Ugandans refuse to leave Juba, more than 14,000 South Sudanese nationals have taken refuge in West Nile following the recent clashes in their country.

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