The government has transferred more than 1,000 Congolese refugees
to Kyagwali Settlement Camp. The refugees had been settled at Bubukwanga
Transit Centre in Bundibugyo District.
In the last two months, more than 10,000 Congolese nationals
entered the country through Ntoroko and Bundibugyo District following violence in
areas of Mbogha and Kyabohe in Ituri province, Eastern DRC.
Acrobat Kiiza Moses, the Bugehendera County MP says over 1,000
asylum seekers have been transferred to Kyangwali refugee settlement camp in Kikube
District since September.
However, the MP adds that the district continues receiving new
cases of asylum seekers.
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The Bundibugyo District Vice Chairperson, Joel Bwambale says
that with increasing insecurity in the country, they are worried about the
possibilities of ADF infiltration noting that some refugees have gone missing
have after they were received at the transit centre.
He appeals to the government to expedite the process of screening and
transferring all of them to gazetted refugee settlements.
Julius Mucunguzi, the head of communications at the Office of the
Prime Minister OPM says that plans are underway to resettle another batch as
more space is available. He says several refugees from neighbouring
Burundi hosted at Kyangwali have been taken back to their country creating
space in the camp to host more numbers currently hosted in transit camps.