Simon Peter Mundeyi, the spokesperson for the ministry of internal affairs, said DCIC is yet to establish whether Ugandans and Kenyans are fleeing any anticipated chaos as Kenya heads into tomorrow’s presidential polls or something else.
of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) has said that the numbers of
Ugandans and Kenyans entering Uganda is three times high in the last three days
especially at Busia and Lwakhakha borders.
Mundeyi, the spokesperson for the ministry of internal affairs, said DCIC is
yet to establish whether Ugandans and Kenyans are fleeing any anticipated chaos
as Kenya heads into tomorrow’s presidential polls or something else.
what transpired in 2007 where a presidential election contest between Mwai Kibaki and
Raila Odinga turned violent and chaotic and resulted in the death of over 1,000
people, there is fear that the same skirmishes could occur as Raila faces off
with William Ruto.
explains that the past three days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday have seen
people entering Uganda in multitudes but those who are exiting the country at
the same points are very few.
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2007 election clashes in Kenya, Uganda government hosted over 12,000 Kenyan refugees.
These entered through areas of Tororo, Manafwa and Busia while others entered
through Bukwo district.
Over 6,500 Kenyans
fleeing post-election violence entered via Tororo while 5,500 entered via Bukwo.
This forced Ugandan authorities and United National High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR) to set up an emergency team to cater for the refugees.
of Police- SCP Fred Enanga, said security agencies had set up a joint team to
guard the border lines of Uganda-Kenya particularly to secure citizens living
in such areas in case the elections turn chaotic.
joint security agencies we continue to maintain a very peaceful and calm environment
within the country," Enanga said. "But as you are aware, this week our counterparts in Kenya will
vote for the fifth president in a contest that is very tight. Although we don’t
anticipate civil unrest, we continue to pay close attention to the electoral climate.
We have contingency team in place in case of such scenarios.”
agencies have said so far their counterparts in Kenya have handled the
situation very well and hope the same environment will blossom during and after
the electoral process. The post-presidential election violence in Kenya sent fuel prices soaring in Uganda as trucks could not enter via the designated
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.