By Our Reporter
ENTEBBE, Uganda[SHIFT MEDIA] It was tears of Joy as more additional 11 Ugandans landed safely aboard Kenya Airways from Sudan.
The 11, 6 male and 5 female including two heart patients, one a 15 year old Kasozi landed at Entebbe International Airport at 7.30pm on Thursday aboard flight KQ.
On time to receive them on behalf of H.E President Museveni was Ugandas ambassador to Khartoum Dr Rashid Yahya Ssemudu and the Head of Chancery Dickson Ogwang.Security was tight as operatives working on orders of Senior Presidential advisor on Security operations Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba ushered the evacaees through the VIP section.
‘I am so grateful to the efforts of H.E President Museveni for spearheading the evacuation of Ugandans trapped in Sudan. I also thank the Kenyan Government, International Organization of Migration (IOM) as well as Kenya Airways and Ugandan embassy staff officials for the efforts,” said H.E Rashid Ssemedu.He noted that the number of Ugandans left in Sudan are just about 8, majority heart patients in intensive care and their caretakers.
“Today we have received 11 more Ugandans who passed from Nairobi Kenya, tomorrow (Friday) we shall be expecting another 8 Ugandans who have passed via South Sudan in Juba. They will be airlifted aboard Uganda Airlines plane back to Uganda,” said Ssemudu.
The Head of Chancery at the Khatroum Embassy Dickson Ogwang said the compiled efforts of the ambassador to Khartoum and embassy staff coupled with the availability of internet was the main reason many Ugandans returned back home.
“We have one Ugandan was who shot in the scuffle, but we are in touch with him on an hourly basis, a bullet got stuck in his groin, though it hasn’t been removed, he is steadily recovering,” said Dickson Ogwang.
A support staff at the Ugandan embassy in Khatroum, Richard Mayinja caused an uproar of laughter when he said much as he decided not to return with other embassy staff who came in the first batch, promising to ensure the embassy was safe, when power and water was cut off for three days, life became hell.
“I had vowed to remain and take care of the embassy in Khatroum, but after three Days of darkness and no water, I knew death was next. I had to get the next immediate flight back home,” said Mayinja.
Ambulance At Ready
The Ugandan government with coordination of the Ugandan embassy in Khatroum envoys also made sure two of the heart patients, Aidah Nabirye, and Kasozi Martin whose health were worrying were immediately evacuated to the Mulago Heart Institute aboard an ambulance for further treatment before discharge for their respective homes.