Over 600 Burundi refugees in Uganda have started voluntary return home.
They are travelling aboard Uganda Airlines bombardier, thanks to host communities President Museveni for leading a progressive open door refugee policy.
About 603 refugees have been in Uganda for close to 10 years.
Under the Uganda/Burundi/UNHCR tripartite Commission on the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundi Refugees in Uganda, the first batch of 61 refugees took a flight to Bujumbura aboard a chartered Uganda Airlines plane from Entebbe International Airport.
The remaining refugees will travel in separate batches in the coming days.
As part of adherence to measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, all those repatriated were tested and found negative for Covid-19, 72 hours before departure.
They were accompanied on the flight by Godfrey Byaruhanga and Arthur Mugarura from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and Dancun Mato from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
Uganda currently hosts more than 1.4 million refugees from different countries in the region, including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia and Eritrea.