President Museveni has said the recent signing of the peace agreement between rival factions in South Sudan will ensure that peace prevails in the region and that refugees return home and embark on their normal lives.
“We hope that with the UN support in regards to food and basic essentials, the refuges could return home by January and take advantage of the rains that start in March in order to grow some food,” he said.
Mr. Museveni made the remarks while in Tanzania with his counterpart John Pombe Magufuli. Museveni told Magufuli that continued conflict has affected trade and retarded development.
About two million South Sudanese are internally displaced, while about 2.5 million South Sudanese refugees fled nearby countries such as Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, and over 60% of them are children under 18 years old
On Sunday, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a ceasefire and power-sharing deal to end nearly five years of conflict.
Uganda’s welcoming attitude towards refugees has been praised by the UN and other international organisations.
The government gives South Sudanese a plot of land to allow them to build a home and start a farm.