Flight to Repatriate over 300 Domestic Workers From Saudi Arabia Cleared by Government

  • by Rodney Mponye
  • July 28, 2020

The government has finally cleared a flight to bring back 300 domestic workers from Saudi Arabia tomorrow.

The Permanent Secretary for the health ministry, Dr. Diana Atwine said  the 300 Ugandans are mostly domestic workers who entered the country illegally and were in deportation centers, or do not have funds to survive in the country, while others tested positive of covid-19 and want to return but have no means.

As a result, she said the health ministry was under pressure to clear the group’s return yet the country had already exceeded it quota of 300 returnees every two weeks in order to avoid congestion for better management of suspects and patients.

The country currently has 972 returnees in institutional quarantine, out of the 2,154 who have arrived since June 22nd.

However, the government has cleared the return of the group from Saudi Arabia.

Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, the Permanent Secretary ministry of Foreign Affairs, says that the flight has been organised by the Saudi government.