Foreign affairs ministry resolved on Friday to send 30 buses to Bore in South Sudan to evacuate about 2000 Ugandans who are still stuck there. Fred Opolot, the Foreign Affairs Ministry says that they decided to send buses because they don’t have sufficient aircraft to carry out the evacuation exercise.
He said despite the fact that there is reported calm in Bor; the evacuation exercise will depend on the ability of the South Sudan government to provide security for the buses and passengers on board. He also said they were closely monitoring the outcome of the talks between South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent chair of the East African Community and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn to try and find a solution to the crisis.
Last evening, Kenyatta called for a cessation of the conflict. It is not yet whether both Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar, the former South Sudan vice president will heed to the call. Kenyatta also appointed General Lazarus Sumbeiywo Kenya’s special envoy for peace in Sudan to be part of IGAD team spearheading mediation and reconciliation in South Sudan.