The Uganda Airline Safely arrived from Johannesburg and Lusaka yesterday evening, a full flight of Ugandan nationals formerly stranded in Southern Africa and Zambia being resettled back home in Uganda.
President Yoweri Museveni had closed Entebbe Airport, canceled and suspended all flights to and from Uganda after recording COVID-19 cases in Uganda, however, yesterday The Uganda airways flew to South Africa and Zambia.
Ugandans for a long time had requested president Museveni to find ways of resettling Ugandans stranded in outside countries after videos of mistreated black Africans trending on social media platforms.
Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, Member of Parliament had earlier written to the office of the Prime Minister of Uganda requesting for the resettlement of all blacks stranded Asian countries, however, no response was made.
However, on 2nd July 2020 evening, Uganda Airlines flight No UR333 departed Entebbe to Johannesburg South Africa and Lusaka Zambia to repatriate stranded Ugandans after the outbreak of COVID-19.
Due to some inconveniences, Uganda Airlines had earlier informed Ugandans of a change of date for the Johannesburg-Entebbe repatriation Charter. The flight was to operate earlier than 2nd July 2020.
“The repatriation of stranded Ugandans in Southern Africa has been flagged off today morning in Pretoria by Uganda’s Acting High Commissioner to South Africa Amb Kintu Nyago.” Uganda Airlines Wrote on twitter.
This is a very promising move by the Ugandan government, this clearly indicates that with time, the Ugandan government will be able to resettle its other citizens stranded in other countries especially the Asian countries.
Currently, Uganda’s Entebbe Airport is still closed to any entries until further notice. The country has so far recorded 902 COVID-19 cases, 847 total recoveries (Includes both Ugandans and Foreigners) with total samples tested being 1,958.
By Nsunjo Erica