Vincent Omoya, the Nkondo parish councilor who doubles as the Vice Chairperson LC3 Kabwoya sub-county in Kikuube district says that the refugees started arriving on Sunday night and were registered at Sebigoro reception centre.
Non Governmental Organisations NGOs have called on international donors to provide appropriate funding towards the refugee assistance in Uganda after biometric verification confirmed that Uganda hosts 1.1 million refugees.
UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch in a statement issued to journalists at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday said more lives could be lost on the often perilous lake routes, as increasing numbers of refugees escape intercommunal violence and conflict, across the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC.
At least 38 of the dead were shot, others died after being burnt, stabbed, beaten or attacked with machetes. The dead included seven women and two children, one of them a five-year-old girl who was shot in the back.
The joint appeal was made by the African Union AU, the United Nations UN, the European Union EU, in a statement issued Saturday. The international bodies were joined by the 57 member International Organization of the worlds French-speaking countries also known as La Francophonie OIF.
Bertrand Bisimwa, the political leader of the M23 movement, says the President Joseph Kabila led government in Kinshasha has failed to work towards the implementation of their December 12th, 2013 Nairobi peace agreement.
He is said to have crossed into Rwanda with an AK-47 rifle and 75 rounds of ammunitions. Lambert Mende, the Congolese government spokesperson describes the kidnap of the soldier as an act of childish provocation by the Rwandans.
Bertrand Bisiimwa, the M23 leader says they are ready to disarm and return to civilian life as requested by the International Conference on the Region of the Great Lakes-ICGLR once the DRC government commits to address their demands.
Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo, Kasese LC V chairperson has made another appeal to residents to return to their homes and embark on cultivation saying their safety is guaranteed. He argues that the Congolese soldiers who crossed into Uganda were also seeking for a peaceful place to live in.