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Ugandan MPs furious over S. Sudan sending away Ugandans

11 September 2013, 17:02 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Legislators in Uganda on Tuesday expressed anger at the manner in which Ugandans were sent away from South Sudan and are  now demanding an explanation from the South Sudan authorities.

During a parliamentary session in Kampala, the MPs asked the Ugandan government to also take punitive action against foreigners who have taken up jobs meant for Ugandans. 

This came after the recent crackdown on Ugandans in South Sudan who were forced out of the country, leaving behind their property including money and businesses.

During the session, the leader of opposition Nandala Mafabi said, "There are people of South Sudan origin who are staying in Uganda freely and have taken up Ugandan Jobs. I wonder why such treatment can be extended to Ugandans without thinking twice.''

He said Uganda should also retaliate by expelling non Ugandans and stopping Ugandan goods from going to South Sudan.

''We should stop sending goods to South Sudan including food which is mostly got from here,'' he said.

Several other MPs also attacked South Sudan for being brutal to Ugandans.

In response, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa said the government of Uganda and that of South Sudan will hold a Joint Permanent Commission meeting next month to discuss on ways of creating a harmonious working relationship and improving trade relations among the two countries which will solve the standoff experienced recently.

One of the Ugandans who was recently tortured in South Sudan, Chris Ogala, said, "I was using my motorbike to transport people in Juba. When authorities in South Sudan announced that we should leave their country, I rode my motorbike towards the border so that I could return to Uganda but was ambushed by armed South Sudanese residents who grabbed my motorcycle after seriously beating me up."

Police in Uganda have warned Ugandans against revenging against the South Sudanese people living in the country.Thousands of South Sudanese are in Ugandan schools and universities pursuing different courses.

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