Priority Given To Women, Disabled As First Batch Of Ugandans Arrive

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According to the UPDF spokesperson for the evacuation Hassan Kato, priority for the evacuation has been given to women, children, persons with disability and the elder as evacuations continue.A convoy of over 200 vehicles carried the Ugandans according to Kato.

Part of the 3000 Ugandans repatriated from Southern Sudan on Friday evening entered Ugandan territory from the Elegu border point.

The team started arriving at 7pm according to the security personnel at the border post of Elegu.

According to the UPDF spokesperson for the evacuation, Hassan Kato, priority for the evacuation has been given to women, children, persons with disability and the elder as evacuations continue. He said a convoy of over 200 trucks carried the Ugandans.

The vehicles included UPDF trucks, traders trucks and personal vehicles alongside over 300 motorbike riders all the way from Nisitu. 

The team reportedly delayed at Gordon hill about 3 kilometers from the Ugandan border where the South Sudan government was carrying out a verification exercise.

"Many Ugandan traders have offered their trucks to enable more people to travel. For those who are remaining they will be repatriated the next day," added Kato.

He said the first batch was offloaded at Elegu border post after UPDF officers escorted the trucks. Kato said part of the team have also remained at Nisitu where many Ugandans are still being kept.

According to Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa regional police spokesperson the team which has come was offloaded and the over 30 trucks will head back to Nisitu on Saturday.