The first batch of 51 people arrived in the country this morning aboard a chartered flight, as the United States rushes to airlift thousands of people out of the country ahead of a self-imposed deadline to depart Afghanistan by August 31
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has cautioned Ugandans against taking and publishing pictures of the
Afghan evacuees hosted in the country. The Minister says that any such action may be tantamount to a security threat.
Minister for Regional cooperation
John Mulimba made a statement this
afternoon while updating parliament on the status of hosting persons
evacuated from Afghanistan. The first batch of 51
people arrived in the country this morning aboard a chartered flight, as
the United States rushes to airlift thousands of people out of the country ahead of a self-imposed deadline to depart Afghanistan by August
The arrival of the
evacuees is in line with the US government request to Uganda to temporarily
host at-risk Afghan nationals and other nationals in transit to the US and
other destinations worldwide following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.
According to earlier statements from the Foreign Affairs Ministry officials,
the US government asked Uganda to host up to 2,000 refugees.
said that some of the evacuated persons could be wanted by the Taliban
government and taking their photographs could put their lives in danger
and added that there is a need for media houses to report very
cautiously because the matter has components of national security.
“I need to make an appeal to honourable colleagues, the
country, but particularly to the media houses that the evacuees, who are now
stateless, are people who are stressed, they need some kind of treatment such
that they recover,” he said in part.
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presence of Ugandans in Kabul, State Minister Mulimba, told parliament that the
of Foreign Affairs undertook efforts to establish the status of Uganda
nationals in Afghanistan and has since learnt that 10 Ugandans working in the United Nations-UN system
were evacuated on a flight to London, in the United Kingdom. He noted that these are now in the 14-day
quarantine and they will thereafter travel to Uganda.
Parliament further learnt
that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has through its contact established that
there are now two Ugandans present in Kabul and that arrangements are being made
to repatriate them. He said that efforts are still underway to establish
the presence of any other Ugandans in Afghanistan.
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Mulimba emphasized that the Afghan evacuees will
remain in Uganda while they are processed by the US Embassy for their onward
journey. He added that the Government will
in the coming period continue to engage with the US Embassy in Kampala to extend
the necessary assistance to the evacuees from Afghanistan.
“It is worth noting that these are
not refugees. The processing may take a few weeks or months. The cost of providing
for needs and requirements of the evacuees is being met by the US authorities,”