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Qatar tribune
Catherine W Gichuki
The second repatriation flight for Ugandan expatriates stranded in Qatar due to the COVID-19 pandemic left Doha with 167 passengers on Friday. 
The group departed Hamad International Airport aboard a Qatar Airways flight chartered by the Uganda Embassy in Doha.
Among the returnees were citizens and legal residents from Australia, Pakistan and Iran.
The first repatriation flight left Doha with 238 Ugandan expatriates to Entebbe on July 18.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Ugandan Ambassador to Qatar HE Dr Stephen Chemoiko Chebrot said the second flight was left Doha around 11:30am. 
“All passengers travelling were tested for COVID-19 and found negative and safe to travel.”
The ambassador thanked the government of Qatar for facilitating their travel especially the COVID-19 test and aircraft clearance.
He also thanked the Director of Department of Protocol Ambassador HE Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro for facilitating the travel.
Chebrot also thanked the government of Uganda and all those involved in making this travel possible.
The ambassador also thanked the Ugandan community leaders for their support especially the Uganda Peninsula Community Qatar led by its chairman Benson Akampumuza.
According to the ambassador the next repatriation flight is expected to leave Doha in early August.
Akampumuza said, “As the chairman Uganda Peninsula Community Qatar, I would like to thank the Head mission and his team for the remarkable support towards the successful repatriation flight. Thanks to my team especially Richard Otto, Jacob Bamwesigye and all camp representatives for the great work done in coordination of all the community members to have a successful repatriation. We shall continue uniting all Ugandans in Qatar as we strengthen the culture and family hood amongst us and other communities.”

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