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Gender Ministry denies any Ugandans stranded in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Gender has denied allegations that there are any Ugandans nationals who are stranded in Afghanistan.  The ministry spokesperson Frank Mugabi says all Ugandans who were working in Afghanistan were evacuated in June this year.

Following reports that some Ugandans could be stranded in Afghanistan, the ministry of labour that oversees recruitment firms dealing in labour export, says there are no Ugandans in Afghanistan.

Gender spokesperson Frank Mugabi says plans were made and all Ugandans working in Afghanistan were chartered back.

“We don’t know any Ugandans who may be there outside this arrangement of the recruiting firms. These are not countries you would easily go to because of the situation that is there.”

“We have been having a number of about 500 Ugandans working there, and these have been since April returning back home and we know that the last batch of Ugandans that left Afghanistan returned on June 22nd by chartered flight and they are back home sound and safe,” Mugabi added.

The 500 Ugandans working in Afghanistan were security officials under the US government.

The ministry has however embarked on scrutinizing the passenger manifests to see if they tally with the names submitted by the recruitment agencies.

“What we are doing right now is double-checking with the companies that took these children to work in Afghanistan based on the list of those who have come back.”

On Wednesday, Members of Parliament told the Deputy speaker that they received calls from Ugandans who are still stuck in Afghanistan, forcing the Prime minister to summon foreign affairs minister Jeje Odong.

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