Over 2000 Ugandans Assemble at Nisitu

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In short
According to Ofwono, the Ugandans have convened around Aruu junction and Gombo market following an announcement by government to evacuate Ugandans due to clashes in the South Sudan capital, Juba.

An estimated 2000 Ugandans have assembled in Nisitu Town in South Sudan waiting to be evacuated by the Uganda People's Defense Forces, the Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo has disclosed.

 
According to Ofwono, the Ugandans have convened around Aruu junction and Gombo market following an announcement by government to evacuate Ugandans due to clashes in the South Sudan capital, Juba.
 

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Ofwono says UPDF is well prepared to evacuate the Ugandans. He however, couldn't tell how long the evacuation exercise might take. On Monday, government published a hotline for use by Ugandans stuck in South Sudan.

 
URN contacted the number and the operator, said they were receiving overwhelming calls from Ugandans who are stuck in South Sudan.  He disclosed that they had received close to 400 calls by the time URN spoke to him.

 
According to the operator, they are directing the callers to the Ugandan embassy or find their way to Nisitu where they will be picked from. Attempts by our reporter to speak to Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson were futile as his phone went unanswered.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.