UPDF to Evacuate Ugandans In South Sudan Top story

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Government says the soldiers are not going in to fight but to rescue and repatriate Ugandans stuck in various part of South Sudan.

Uganda has sent a number of soldiers and thirty Uganda Peoples Defence Forces trucks to rescue nationals stuck in South Sudan.
"UPDF should be rolling into South Sudan now as we speak," says government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo.

Government says the soldiers are going in to rescue and repatriate Ugandans stuck in various part of the world's youngest country due to renewed fighting.
Speaking to Journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala this morning, Trade and Tourism minister Amelia Kyambadde, said "the UPDF is not going to fight but majorly to repatriate Ugandans." 

"We were supposed to start repatriating them today, but I am not yet sure what is happening since the situation was by yesterday still dangerous," said Kyambadde.

According to Opondo, the rescue mission will be based in Nisitu,.

Kyambadde announced that government has provided "enough funds" to the Uganda embassy in South Sudan to feed Ugandans hold up in the embassy since food is the major challenge now. 

She called upon Ugandans currently in different parts of South Sudan to find their way to the embassy in Juba.
Fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar, last week on Thursday. However the cause of the renewed fighting is not clear.
Relative calm has however returned to the country this Tuesday morning after the two rival unilaterally order ceasefire Monday evening.

Uganda sent troops into South Sudan in 2013 to fight alongside forces of President Salva Kiir when fighting broke out between the two rivals. It withdrew its forces in November 2015, after a peace deal was reached in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Meanwhile the minister has advised Ugandan traders to explore other markets created through regional integration especially through the East African Community and Common Markert for Easta and Southern Africa.