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.
Solomon Osakan, the Arua based Regional Refugee Desk Officer, told Uganda Radio Network most of the refugees crossed into Uganda using the porous borders.
He says close to 700 South Sudanese crossed into Uganda on Monday alone.
Similarly, 19 refugees were found entering Yumbe district via Kogoro village.
Another 55 refugees entered Uganda and were resettled in camps in Adjumani district on Monday despite the closure of the Nimule and Elegu border points.
He says another 90 South Sudanese entered via Elegu border post before the border was closed by the South Sudanese authorities.
Titus Jogo, the OPM Desk officer Adjumani says there are currently 18 settlement camps, which have been restocked with food, medicine and other basic requirements since they expect more refugees to cross to Uganda.
Minister Onek also confirmed that for those fleeing the violence, there is a camp set up at Elegu.
Meanwhile, out of the 11 Ugandans who have been reported dead in South Sudan, six were killed after being run over at Jebel Kujur, by a military tank belonging to the SPLA-IO, a force belonging to Vice President Riek Machar.
Foreign Affairs minister Oryem Okello while briefing parliament on Thursday described the situation in South Sudan as tense adding that the six bodies are yet to be retrieved because they are still in a territory being manned by Mr Machar’s forces.