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Leaders in Masaka Task Gov't On Illegal Immigrants

Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Chairperson of Nyendo-Mukungwe division in Masaka City is afraid that their efforts to effectively tackle the apparent insecurity situation in the area could be frustrated by the huge number of illegal immigrants who government has not come out to directly control.
The Nyendo-Ssenyange Division Chairperson Michael Mulindwa speaking to us about aliens in his area, Security is investigating reports.jpg

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Leaders in Masaka city have expressed concern about the high number of illegal immigrants who pose a security threat in the area.

Following the recent wave of insecurity which was characterized by mysterious killings in Masaka, the authorities instructed village councils to compile registers of all their residents, as one of the measures to eliminate wrong elements in the area.

However, reports from the village council leaders indicate that the ongoing exercise has unearthed a big number of strangers who are settling within the local communities with hardly any formal identification.

Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana, the Chairperson of Nyendo-Mukungwe division in Masaka City is afraid that their efforts to effectively tackle insecurity in the area could be frustrated by the huge number of illegal immigrants who the government has not come out to directly control.

He says many are non-Ugandans especially Rwandese and Congolese origins, who are quietly renting houses in the different urban centres, however, without any proper identification, something he says threatens the security of the area. 

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Nakumusana indicates that many of them are disguising as hawkers of different petty commodities, which according to him can hardly sustain their welfare. He however says that they have now instructed village council leaders to identify and generate lists of all immigrants living in their area.

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Moses Ssenfuka, the Chairperson of Kyabakuza cell in the Kimanya-Kabonera division confirms that they are also faced a similar challenge while registering residents in the area.   He explains that many of the immigrants are now conniving with some local landlords to conceal their presence, which he says raises suspicions about their intentions of settling in the areas.

Ssenfuka argues that it's high time the government undertook a process of identifying and profiling all illegal immigrants if it intends to address the security gaps in the country.

Paul Nkore, the greater Masaka Regional Police Commander says the security teams have taken note of the concerns, adding that they are still seeking guidance on how to deal with the situation. 


He asked the village councils to proceed with registering all the residents regardless of their identification status, saying the government will soon come out to guide them on the way forward.