According to sources, the US embassy booked the three hotels from August 16, after the government announced that Uganda had agreed to host 2,000 Afghani evacuees.
Sources however say the hotels were booked by officials from the US Embassy in Kampala.
The vans arrive at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe
Three hotels in Entebbe Municipality have been
fully booked to accommodate at least 500 evacuees from Afghanistan, URN has
learnt. They include Imperial Resort Beach Hotel that is accommodating the 51
evacuees, Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel and Central Inn.
While Imperial Resort Beach Hotel is out of
bounds to the public and under the protection of the Joint Security Taskforce,
the two other hotels have minimal security. Our reporter visited both
hotels to tried to book a room but was turned away. "We are receiving
bookings for meetings but not rooms because evacuees are coming," a source
at Central Inn said.
A source at the hotel said they had been
approached by the US embassy to prepare for evacuees. "So we are not sure
if we shall remain open for normal business." A source at Imperial
Botanical Beach Hotel, said all business for the Imperial hotels in Entebbe are
being handled at the head office in Kampala.
"We do not know when these people from
Afghan will come. Nevertheless, we are not accepting bookings for our rooms. We
are however open for those who have conferences and meetings," the
source said. According to sources, the US embassy booked the three hotels from
August 16, after the government announced that Uganda had agreed to host 2,000 Afghani
Evacuations started on August 16 when the
Taliban overthrew the government of Ashraf Ghani. This prompted the US, the United Kingdom and Germany
to evacuate over 100,000 people whose lives are in danger such as the former US
employees, activists and journalists from Afghanistan.
US President Joe Biden says evacuations will end
on August 31 despite an attack on Kabul Airport last Thursday that claimed over
170 people and leftover 150 others injured. Last week, John Mulimba the Minister of State for Regional
Cooperation told the media that the ministry is not yet sure when
the next batch of evacuees will be arriving in the country.
that the evacuees will stay in hotels in Entebbe Municipality.
The US Embassy in Kampala says it will provide
updates as the situation develops in Afghanistan. Some hotels in Entebbe have started lobbying
Soubia Antony, the Managing Director of Pulickal Hotel, says that although
they do not have any bookings to host the evacuees, they are
"hopeful". Hajji Mbabali Njuki, the Deputy Resident
District Commissioner for Entebbe Municipality, says hotels in Entebbe will be
given business as long as they meet the standards and needs of the evacuees. "But not all hotels can host these
evacuees,” he hastened to add.