Douglas Asiimwe, Uganda’s Acting Commissioner for Refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister, says that 17,336 refugees are currently camped at the Nyakabande reception centre, while 3,064 refugees have been transferred from Nyakabande to Nakivale Refugee Camp in Isingiro district.
The Congolese refugees are Jimmy Mayuki, Heritier Mangalulu, Kiiza Benjamin, Gloire Muyale and one only identified as Yomba all refugees attached to Kasonga trading center in the Kyangwali refugee settlement area.
Most of the refugees have refused to move to Bubukwanga Transit Camp, about 30 kilometres from Busunga reception centre at the border post, despite facing serious safety and hygiene issues and lack of food.
The more than 1,000 residents mainly women and children were evicted from Bukinda A and B, Bukinda 2, Kavule, Bwizibwera A and B, Kyeya A and B, Nyaruhanga, Kabirizi, Nyamigisa A and B and Katoma villages among others in Kasonga parish, Kyangwali sub-county.
Jonbosco Kyaligonza, the Settlement commandant at Kyangwali refugee’s settlement area told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the refugees including women, children and men reported to the settlement area on Thursday and Friday last week.
According to Nabbanja, this could be a move by some officials in OPM and Kyangwali refugee settlement area to fraudulently grab the said land from locals neighbouring the Kyangwali refugee settlement area.
The project will see 116 schools constructed. Of these, 84 schools will be constructed in non-refugee hosting districts while 32 new schools will be constructed in the refugee-hosting districts. at least 61 existing schools in refugee-hosting districts will also be expanded.
According to legislators the camp, where they are now, is congested with 2,680 persons recorded from 81 households. They argue that the camp is posing a serious health risk to both the internal and external population after 126 persons tested positive for COVID-19.
Asiimwe Banji has denied the reported influx of the refugees, saying that they are aware of people with relatives in DRC who have habitually aided them to enter the district through Rwamabale in Ntoroko District.
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.