Gov’t cautions refugees against lawlessness, to register more refugees

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refugee communities in kampala, public commemorating refugee day. photo by Mukose Arnold Anthony

By Mukose Arnold Anthony
Government of Uganda through the office of the prime minister have warned refugees against lawlessness being exhibited  to both nationals and fellow refugees in terms of murder, rape, robbery, under age marriage, beating up of nationals.
While attending the commemoration of the annual international refugee day of June 20th where all urban refugees  convened on Wednesday at Nakivubo blue primary school, Gerald Menya the commission in charge of refugee in the OPM said that many refugees have been assaulting nationals and when arrested they claim to be mistreated due to their status.
He cautioned that failure to regime the long hand of the law shall not hesitate to punish them.
Commissioner Menya further revealed that by the end of July, all refugee communities shall have finished to elect their leaders as it is the case for Ugandans who will be electing the local and women council leaders a move that shall enable  government coordinate with them well.

He has also lashed at the refugee activists who have over stepped their mandates for their individual motive urging them to be bias free while executing their role.
Government has further revealed that it’s in the final arrangements of re-opening up the registration of refugees from south Sudan and Dr. Congo that was recently closed but due to the continued requests from these communities, tl government reconsidered opening up again.

The assistant representative of United Nations Human rights for Refugees (UNHCR) Margaret Atieno to Uganda has expressed dismay over some donor countries which have upto now failed to fulfill their commitment towards uplifting the welfare of these people.
Adding that though they have not received full commitments but as UN, they are committed to improving the well beings of refugees in the world.

Uganda is currently hosting over 1.65M refugees out of which over  65M that’s over 26% are from the sub Saharan countries according to the UN 2018 report.

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