Eyob Kassepe an urban refugee in Kampala from Eritrea staying in Nakulabye says that as a refugee community they are praying for peaceful elections and transition of power, however, they are uncertain of what will happen after the elections.
“It is our desire as government, to ensure that hosting of refugees becomes a blessing not a burden to the country generally and the host communities in particular," Gen Ali said. "Uganda currently hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa and the third largest in the world. In Adjumani and Obongi districts the refugee population is bigger than the population of the host communities.
The funds got from the International Development Agency, IDA will also help and improve access to social services and job opportunities Projects to benefit from the grant include the Uganda Roads and Bridges in the Refugee Hosting Districts which will upgrade 105 kilometres of the Koboko-Yumbe-Moyo road from gravel to bitumen.
Yumbe Woman MP Driwaru Zaitun says that with continued fighting and skyrocketing COVID-19 cases in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the illegal entry of refugees is a timebomb for Uganda since many of them have found their way into the communities without being tested for COVID-19.
Initially, it was designed to serve a population of 11,000 people but the population has been increased to 60,000 people, exerting much pressure on the facility given the inadequate funding human resource.
Refugees hosted in the settlement have now said that the high cost of Education has eliminated hundreds of them without acquiring the much-needed skills to enable them to earn a living. They are now demanding that the government sets up a vocational Institute to enable them to acquire skills that make them self-reliant in future.
The restoration exercise dubbed "Environment, energy, forestry protection and conservation" is aimed at restoring 100 of the 150 hectares of the degraded forest land due to illegal activities by refugees from Kyangwali refugee settlement.
Musa Ecweru, the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and refugees said they have received communication from their counterparts in the Democratic republic of Congo that fresh tribal clashes between the lendu and Bagegere erupted at the beginning of this week in Ituri province adding that thousands had started fleeing.
Ecweru was shocked to discover that the school that was established in 2018 hosts more than 7000 pupils in 11 classrooms manned by 26 teachers. According to Ecweru, the high number of pupils makes it difficult for children to access quality education desired by government.
The refugees who included 22 children and five adults fled fighting in North Kivu Province, Rucuru village and ended up in Abakiriza church in Kampala who sheltered them for some time but later were put in a bus and they ended up in Malaba border as they were seeking for asylum in Kenya.
As of June 2019, WFP Uganda provided monthly unconditional, unrestricted cash transfers to around 360,000 refugees in eight settlements that include; Adjumani, Rhino, Kiryandongo, Lobule, Kyaka II, Rwamwanja, Kyangwali and Nakivale.
Vincent Omoya, the Kabwoya sub county Vice-Chairperson told URN this morning that more than 300 refugees mostly women, children and men loaded on 30 boats arrived at Nkondo, Bugoma and Sebigoro landing sites in Kabwoya sub county on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Fresh clashes broke out on Saturday night between the Lendu and Bagegere displacing thousands of people from the areas of Tara, Muvaramu, Kango, Gbii, Roo, and Largo in Ituri province in Bunia district.
Continental legislators in the Pan African Parliament (PAP) have cited a need to urgently address youth unemployment and development of policies to curb poverty and manage conflicts as some of the ways to mitigating displacement of people.
According to the report, different people interviewed by the researchers, noted Magistrates use the lack of a fixed place of abode for the suspect and sureties as the main reason for denying them bail and therefore end up remanding them to different prisons until their cases are concluded.
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.
The scheme was reportedly crafted by Charles Bafaki, the Principal Resettlement Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jolly Kebirungi, the Camp Commandant Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Area, in the newly created Kikuube district and Lutaaya Vianney from Ministry of Lands.
The residents are questioning circumstances under which UNHCR acquired the 1-acre piece of land where it intends to set up a permanent reception center for refugees. Nkondo Parish Chairperson Peter Kyasimiire alleges that UNHCR acquired the land without the consent of the community members and the area leaders.