US embassy speaks on ‘evacuating nationals’ from Uganda


The US embassy in Kampala has denied a social media statement attributed to them and claiming their government had ordered evacuation of citizens from Uganda.

The embassy has just issued a statement dismissing the one on social media as false.

“The Embassy is aware that a message is circulating on social media that claims the United States has ordered an evacuation of U.S. citizens from Uganda.”

“Such information is false. We have not ordered any evacuation and no evacuation is underway. Please disregard the message because it is a deliberate hoax.”

“Any information regarding security for U.S. citizens will only be published on the Embassy’s web site, this Facebook page, or the Embassy Twitter account,” the embassy said.

Yesterday, the mission issued a security message for U.S. Citizens:

“The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Kampala to stay off the streets for the remainder of the day, due to reports of police and military clearing the streets.  We also advise U.S. citizens to continue to monitor local media.”

This came after it had codenmed the brutal raid on opposition FDC offices by the Uganda police.

The raid resulted into the arrest of FDC bosses, Kizza Besigye, Mugisha Muntu, Ingrid Turinawe and Wasswa Birigwa.

In the afternoon, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, called President Museveni on phone and expressed concerns on the arrests and harassment of citizens.

He also told the president to “immediately” unblock all social media platforms which up to now are still restricted across the country.

In an earlier messages, the State Department Spokesperson John Kirby urged government authorities to refrain from actions that may lead to more unrest or claim any more lives.

Speaking to KFM radio, US ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac said she had visited several polling stations in Kampala and saw significant delays in the delivery of voting materials.

“I am pleased voting was largely peaceful, and I am glad that the Electoral Commission extended voting hours to give people a chance to exercise their right to vote.  It is important that every citizen who wants to vote has the opportunity to do so.”

She said blocking people’s right to communicate on this important day sends the wrong message to Ugandans [social media blockage].

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