- On 3 July 2020, those stranded in U.A.E/Abu Dhabi will depart for Uganda
- Ugandan high commission repatriated stranded Ugandans from UK and Ireland on Wednesday 1, July 2020, a statement from The High Commission in London to this digital publication reveals.
London—2, July 2020: The Ugandan High Commission in London on Wednesday 1st July 2020 saw off 92 Ugandans and legal residents who have been stranded in the United Kingdom and Ireland following closure of Entebbe international airport to passenger flights on 22 March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The High Commission registered many stranded Ugandans in the United Kingdom and Ireland and coordinated their return aboard Ethiopian Airlines, which is expected to arrive at Entebbe on 2 July 2020 at 5.00 p.m.
“Among the Ugandans returning from United Kingdom are notable personalities including His Royal Highness Rwot David Onen Acana II, the Acholi Paramount Chief and Professor Francis Omaswa,” a press release from the High Commission party reads.
There are also students, businesspeople and other categories of persons who had travelled to the United Kingdom for various reasons.
After fulfilling standard procedures issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, the Ugandans were seen off at London Heathrow Airport by Uganda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Ambassador Julius Peter Moto accompanied by the Mission staff.
The High Commissioner thanked the Ugandans and legal residents for their patience during the tough times they have endured as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic and wished them a safe journey.
Meanwhile, Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a schedule for the returns of Ugandans stranded abroad due to Covid-19 pandemic.
On 3 July 2020, those stranded in U.A.E/Abu Dhabi will depart for Uganda on 4 July 2020, those in India/ New Delhi will take flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport.
See a detailed schedule below.
Ugandans in Oman desperate
Meanwhile, Ugandans stranded in Oman are crying after government left them out of the program.
One activist who’s also working in Abu Dhabi but in great contact with his fellow Ugandans in Oman spoke to this digital publication on Wednesday: “No one cares about them and they are suffering as you know Uganda has no Embassy in Oman. Once they get any problem, they have nowhere to run for help.”