police are investigating circumstances under which 38 refugees
escaped from Kyaka II Refugee Camp in Kyegegwa district and got stranded in
The group comprises men, women, and children with some claiming to be Ugandans hailing
from Kisoro district while others are Burundians and Congolese.
is said that the refugees led by Dezzi Ndehere, escaped with their families and
hired a Fuso truck to transport them to Kisoro district and Kasese district to
start a new life.
to Ndehere, they paid 1.6 million shillings to the driver for the whole journey.
when they reached Lyantonde town at night, the driver abandoned them after claiming
the truck had a mechanical problem that needed repair and refilling to proceed
with the journey.
told everyone to disembark and wait as they fix the vehicle and that was the last
time to see him.
in: “Stage ye motoka………………..ss
out:………security yaza yatutwala.”//
to Emily Ayeni, from Congo, they wanted to start a new life since the conditions
in the camp were unbearable.
adds that they are stranded yet they do not have anything to feed their
children and they are crying due to hunger.
in: “Batooto banaliya……………
residents informed police about a strange group of people that was roaming
immediately intervened and detained all of them as they make plans to return
them to the camp.
Odoki, the Lyantonde District Police Commander, has confirmed the incident
saying they have scrutinized the refugees and recorded their statements.
adds that plans to return them back to Kyegegwa are underway ass investigations
into the matter continue.
further says that they have contacted the office of the prime minister to help
transport the stranded refugees and they are still waiting for their response.