The Government advises Ugandans caught-up in the war situation in South Sudan to observe the following measures:
â€¢ If possible, seek sanctuary at Ugandaâ€™s Embassy in Juba, South Sudan.
â€¢ Where possible, seek alternative sanctuary at the nearest offices of the UN/Humanitarian
Like any other war situation, the current armed conflict in our neighboring sister country pauses a serious danger to the safety of many civilians, including Ugandan traders and our other citizens living and working in South Sudan. Information available to the Government of Uganda indicates the Government of South Sudan is in control. While this is a source of hope that full normalcy will prevail, the situation in South Sudan is still fluid and the danger is not over yet.
The Government has also noted some media reports in Uganda of conflicting figures of our citizens trapped in war situation South Sudan. The Government would therefore like to state as follows;
• We are still consulting authorities in South Sudan to officially ascertain if there are any casualties of Ugandan nationals arising from the war-situation in the country.
• Any casualties or cases of injured Ugandan citizens will be officially announced once Government has verified their identities with authorities and Humanitarian Agencies in South Sudan.
Meanwhile, for purposes of their security, the Government advises Ugandans caught-up in the war situation in South Sudan to observe the following measures:
• If possible, seek sanctuary at Uganda’s Embassy in Juba, South Sudan.
• Where possible, seek alternative sanctuary at the nearest offices of the UN/Humanitarian Agencies.
• Strictly observe the curfew hours as declared on Monday by the Government of South Sudan i.e. between 18:00 hours and 06:00 hours.
• Whenever possible, keep in-doors as the situation in South Sudan remains tense and unpredictable.
• Avoid secluded locations and move in groups if must really move out-doors.
• Avoid getting taking sides in the conflict in South Sudan or appearing to do so.
• If you are elsewhere in South Sudan you should consider leaving if it is safe to do so.
• Ugandans in south Sudan should be on the look-out and avoid large crowds and demonstrations as they could degenerate into violence.
• Government working with authorities in South Sudan to evacuate Ugandan citizens as soon as possible.
The Government of Uganda maintains a neutral stance to the conflict in South Sudan and calls for restraint from the parties involved. We also recommend dialogue and a negotiated resolution to the on-going conflict in South Sudan. Uganda hopes that the conflict is resolved quickly in the interest of peace in South Sudan and stability in the region.
Meanwhile, the UPDF has been deployed to monitor developments at Uganda’s border with South Sudan to prevent any possible spill-over of hostilities into Ugandan territory.
Namayanja Rose Nsereko (MP)
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE.