Egypt Crisis: Ugandans Urged to Be Vigilant

Uganda’s acting Ambassador to Egypt, Arthur Katsigazi has said they have warned Ugandans especially those in Cairo to be vigilant and stay out of trouble amidst political tensions in the country.

On Wednesday hundreds of people were reportedly killed in Cairo as political tensions continued. Katsigazi told Ugandan media during an interview in the City of El Gouna after the Egypt-Cranes international friendly match that the Embassy had written circulars to Ugandans to keep out of trouble because the hot spots are known and they should keep away.

A Muslim Brotherhood supporter gestures during clashes with police in Cairo on August 14, 2013.
A Muslim Brotherhood supporter gestures during clashes with police in Cairo on August 14, 2013.

Cairo and other cities in Egypt were hit by shocking violence on Wednesday, but were largely calm overnight, after the government declared a month-long state of emergency and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the capital and 10 other provinces.

But whether the powerful military can keep a lid on the fury felt by millions of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, whom it deposed on July 3, is unclear.

Katsigazi said although some Ugandan students have already returned to Uganda, the majority who have stayed around have been asked to be very careful.

Over 50 Ugandan students also endured a 7-hour journey by bus from Cairo yesterday to travel to El Gouna to support the Cranes. One of the students who identified himself as Muhamad Mukasa said they came for the match to get relief from the overwhelming tension in Cairo.

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