Gov’t clears air on permitting return of Ugandans amid COVID-19 lockdown

Ofwono Opondo

Government Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo

Kampala – Government has, on Friday, May 15, rubbished critics efforts following reports that a section of individuals had been cleared to fly in despite the ongoing Covid19 lockdown.

This follows the leaking of an authorisation letter sanctioned by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa clearing three family members of a city tycoon to be flown in on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

However, in a statement, Government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, clarified that more Ugandans will be on the same flight coming in on Monday.

An Ethiopian Airlines representative, earlier, disclosed Friday that the flight was set to repatriate Canadian citizens.

Opondo said in a statement that the government sought to use the opportunity of the flight to bring home some of the Ugandans stranded abroad, particularly those currently in Ethiopia.

“When an opportunity presented itself and an Ethiopian Airline flight is coming to Uganda, we requested the airline to bring the Ugandans who are stranded in Addis Ababa,” Opondo said.

He went on to list up to 13 Ugandans whom he said will be on the same flight.

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The Government spokesperson further challenged critics to edify the truth.

“Only weeks ago, they demanded government repatriates Ugandans stranded abroad. Today, they condemn Minister Sam Kutesa,” Opondo charges at critics

“On that Ethiopian Airlines plane will be other nine Ugandans. It is an organized process to return them,” he added.

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