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Heavy Deployment Along Border following Clashes in DRC

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson has confirmed the heightened security surveillance and deployment at all the entry points to prevent any wrong elements from entering the country through Lake Albert waters.
Ant-Riot Police.There is heavy deployment of both the police and the UPDF along the Uganda-DR Congo border in the Albertine.

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There is heavy heightened security deployment in the Bunyoro sub region along the Uganda-DRC border following the massive influx of Congolese nationals fleeing clashes between the Congolese government troops and suspected M23 rebels.     The heightened security deployment of the Police, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers and sister security agencies is visible at most landing sites bordering DRC in the Albertine region.

Heavy fighting erupted between the rebel forces and DRC government army around 11:00PM on Sunday in Chanzu and Runyoni villages in Rutshuru territory, about 25kilometers from the Uganda border. The fighting extended into Monday forcing thousands of Congolese nationals in the affected area to flee to Kisoro district in Uganda.  

According to locals, the heavily armed attackers emerged from Virunga National Park and simultaneously attacked the villages. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson has confirmed the heightened security surveillance and deployment at all the entry points to prevent any wrong elements from entering the country through Lake Albert waters.

He says the DR Congo hosts ADF militants who are a threat to Uganda, adding that some of the militants might take the advantage of the fighting in the DR Congo to cross into the country and wreak havoc. According to Hakiza, the security teams are currently overseeing whatever is taking place on the Lake Albert waters through routine patrols.  

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The 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. 

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In Kagadi, Lillian Ruteraho, the Resident District Commissioner-RDC, says that they have tightened security along the Uganda-DRC border to control unnecessary cross border movements and further influx of Congolese nationals into the country.

She has called on residents to be vigilant and report to health and security authorities any suspicious persons in their area for quick action. There is also heightened Health surveillance along the Uganda-DR Congo border. Health officials have deployed at various entry points in the region.     

At sebigoro landing site entry point in Kikuube district, which is also a reception center for Congolese refugees, health workers are currently screening people entering the country from DRC. The situation is not any different at Wanseko, Ndaiga and Kaiso landing sites in Hoima, Kagadi and Buliisa districts respectively.        

Dr. Lawrence Tumusiime, the Hoima District Health Officer-DHO, says that enough health personnel have been deployed at all the screening centers along the Lake Albert shores to respond to any emergencies.    

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