Uganda’s People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Tuesday ended its mission of evacuating Ugandans trapped in the South Sudan following fresh clashes in the country’s capital Juba.
According to Brig. Leopard Kyanda who led the evacuation operation following Ugandan president Yoweri Kagutta’s orders, more than 30,000 people including Kenyans, Somalis and Tanzanians were evacuated by the UPDF. These had gathered at Nisutu in S.Sudan where they were picked by the Ugandan army.
He said some people are still stuck in Africa’s youngest nation but UPDF had to end its mission due to logistical challenges.
Fresh clashes between forces loyal to S.Sudan president Salva Kiir and those loyal to his vice Riek Machar in Juba left more than 300 people dead and thousands displaced.
Government said 11 Ugandans had been killed in the clashes, six of whom were killed by Machar’s fighter tank.
Meanwhile, five of those being evacuated by UPDF on Tuesday died after one of the trucks carrying them overturned several times.
This brings to 17, the total number of Ugandans who have died following the clashes.
Police also said that six Ugandans had been abducted by suspected SPLA rebels in South Sudan.
Asuman Mugenyi, the Police director of operations said negotiations are underway to have the abducted Ugandans back.