It was joy as Stephen Wamala one of the Ugandans who was trapped in the unrest in Afaghanistan flew back to Uganda after being evacuated by United States.
Wamala was on Monday received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Vincent Waiswa Bagiire in his Office.
Stephen Wamala was working with an Afghan Wireless Communication Company as a heavy equipment Engineer.
Bagiire revealed that Wamala was evacuated by the US Government at the request of the Government of Uganda to an Air-force base in Berlin, Germany.
“He traveled back to Uganda on Friday 3rd September 2021 aboard an SN Brussels flight from Frankfurt to Entebbe. His travel expenses and related costs were met by the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Berlin – Germany,” Bagiire said.
Bagiire reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to assist evacuate any Ugandan Nationals stranded in Afghanistan who wish to return home.
Recalling his experience in Kabul during the unrest and takeover, Wamala thanked both Governments of Uganda and the United States of America for all the assistance accorded to safely evacuate him from Kabul, Afghanistan to Berlin, Germany.
Wamala joins (13) thirteen other Ugandans who had been evacuated earlier some of whom are yet to return home.
Last month, the Minister of State in Charge of Regional Affairs, John Mulimba revealed that government was aware of only 17 Ugandans who had officially traveled to and working in Afaghanistan.
“Government can only know those who traveled officially and they are 17, the 10 were working with the British High Commission agencies and the seven working with the Americans,” Mulumba said.
He explained that the 10 who were working with the British High Commission had earlier been evacuated by the British government and were already in London while five of those working with the Americans objected to being evacuated on grounds that they were safe.