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Moroto Earmarked as Refugee Host District

Refugees who cross into Karamoja region into the border districts of Kaabong, Kotido and Amudat will be rounded up and taken to Naakabat, a former gold mining camp located in Moroto, about 30 kilometers to the Uganda-Kenya border.
Nakaabat rock, an area earmarked to resettle refugees in Moroto district

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Government has earmarked Moroto to serve as a host district for refugees as Kenyan government prepares to disband two camps come next November.

The refugees who cross into Karamoja region into the border districts of Kaabong, Kotido and Amudat will be rounded up and taken to Naakabat, a former gold mining camp located in Moroto, about 30 kilometers to the Uganda-Kenya border.

The Kenyan government is planning to repatriate close to 300,000 against 500,000 refugees from Dadaab camp on the Somalia-Kenya border and Kakuma in Turkana County by end of 2016.

Kakuma has been home to Uganda and South Sudan refugees while Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp hosts over 500,000 Somali nationals.

Moroto Resident District Commissioner Peterken Lochap says that the inter-ministerial committee on immigrants was in Karamoja to assess the issues and make adequate preparations for the likely spillover of refugees.

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Mt. Moroto Regional Police Commander Aruk Richard Maruk says security agencies have deployed massively along the 16 motorable routes within the areas of Kotido, Amudat, Kaabong and Moroto border districts.

He appeals to the public not panic because security is on alert to handle the matter to the core.

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