Ten Ugandans were evacuated from Afghanistan and they are now in London in the United Kingdom, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs John Mulimba said Wednesday, adding that they’ll stay there for “a 14-day quarantine” before they “travel to Uganda.”
The minister, who was updating lawmakers on the situation of Ugandans in Kabul -- also noted that there are other two Ugandans awaiting repatriation in Kabul.
“At this current time the known Ugandans in Afghanistan are only two,” he said, adding that arrangements are being made to bring them on subsequent flights since they weren’t able to make it on yesterdays.
Minister Mulimba said Ugandans that were in the South Asian nation under the labor export program were evacuated in 2020 at the onset of the Covid pandemic and none had returned as per the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development.
“We were informed that none remained in Afghanistan, since their evacuation last year (2020),” he said.
“We established that Ugandans working with the UN system were evacuated by the UN and taken to third countries.”
He also informed parliament that they are making every effort to look out for any other Ugandans in Kabul.
On the 51 Afghan refugees that arrived in Kampala on Wednesday, the minister said that the US government is sponsoring their stay.
“The Evacuees who include men, women and children underwent the necessary security screening as well as the mandatory COVID-19 testing and the required quarantine procedures. The evacuees will remain in Uganda while they are processed by the US Embassy, for their onward journey. It is worth noting that these are not refugees. The processing may take a few weeks or months,” he said.
“The cost of providing for needs and requirements of the evacuees is being met by the US authorities. 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.”