Vincent Alpha Opio, the Kabwoya sub county LC5 Councilor who doubles as the Kikuube LC5 Vice Chairperson told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Wednesday that the Congolese crossed between Sunday and Monday.They include men women and Children.
Some of the Congolese refugees fleeing tribal clahses in the DRC arriving at Sebigoro reception Center in 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
More than 50 Congolese refugees fleeing tribal clashes between the
lendu and the Bagegere in the Eastern DR Congo have crossed into Kikuube district.
The refugees crossed into the district through Lake Albert and landed at
Sebigoro and Buhuka landing sites in Kabwoya and Kyangwali sub-counties
Vincent Alpha Opio, the Kikuube LCV Vice-Chairperson who doubles
as the Kabwoya sub-county LCV Councilor says that the Congolese crossed into the
district between Sunday and Monday. They include men women and children.
According to Opio, the Congolese are from the areas of Muvaramu,
Joo, Kasenyi, Tchomia, Beni, Mboki in Bunia district, Ituri province in the
Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has tasked the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR to immediately intervene fearing that the
number of those crossing in the district could escalate due to the volatile
situation in the DRC.
Thousands of Congolese refugees have flocked into Uganda since December 2017
following tribal clashes between the Lendu and Bagegere in Eastern DRC.
Currently, there is heightened security and Health surveillance on Lake Albert
shores in Bunyoro districts along the Uganda-DR Congo border following a surge
in COVID-19 infections in the country.
There is heavy deployment of Police, Uganda Peoples Defence
Forces-UPDF soldiers and sister security agencies at most landing sites
bordering DRC in the Albertine region.
The major deployment is at Sebigoro, Kaiso, Ndaiga, Butiaba,
Bugoma, Kitebere, and Wanseko landing sites in Hoima, Kagadi, Kikuube and
Buliisa districts respectively. The landing sites are the major entry points
for Congolese nationals into the country.
The deployment and health surveillance are aimed at stopping the illegal
entry of Congolese nationals into the country amidst the surge of COVID-19