The Minister for Health Jane Ruth Aceng told the press that indeed the matter had been resolved, and the Ugandans will come back in phases. Those who wish to come home will register with Ugandan embassies abroad and be linked with airlines that are operational.
Oryem says that the first challenge is that the only available option of chattering flights is too costly, even when there is a will to save nationals from the agony they are experiencing as a result of the lockdowns.
Kadaga’s decision came after Anna Adeke, the National Female Youth MP expressed concern about the several Ugandans including students that are currently stuck outside the country due to the coronavirus lockdown.
According to the World Bank estimates, money sent to Sub-Saharan Africa – where Uganda falls – will decline by 23.1 percent to USD 37 billion in 2020, down from USD 48 billion received in 2019. Uganda received about USD 1.2 billion (4.5 trillion Shillings) in 2019, according to Bank of Uganda estimates.
In a letter dated 15th of April addressed to the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Kyagulanyi said he has partnered with an American media owner and businessman Neil Nelson to evacuate 285 people from China including Ugandans and other black Africans.
Patrick Mugoya, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the deadlines are not cast in stone and they could receive even late responses. He says however he will take off time to speak to the embassies to ensure that they are flexible and extend more registration days.