Refugees living in West Nile host
districts have been warned against meddling in the ongoing political campaigns.
The warning comes following reports that
some of the refugees in Yumbe, Terego, Madi Okollo districts and those living
in the urban centers of Arua city and Koboko Municipality are actively participating
in political campaigns and rallies of parliamentary, mayoral and LC 5 candidates.
The Resident City Commissioner -RDC Arua Nahori
Oya Awua has condemned the involvement of the aliens especially the youths in
the 2020/21 general election campaigns.
Oya says whoever is luring the refugees
into campaigning for some candidates will be arrested and charged including
being deported to their own country.
Cue in; The most disturbing.…//Cue
out; development of this area.…. //
Meanwhile Solomon Osakan the Refugee Desk
Officer West Nile has warned of de-registration and prosecution as provided for
by the law on refugees.
He says Settlement Commandants are on the
lookout for refugees who engage in active politics in Uganda.
Cue in; If we get someone…//Cue
out; the correct thing…. //
Catherine Sikita, the representative
of the Urban Refugees in Arua City Development Forum says involvement of
refugees in the ongoing campaign process is illegal including putting on T-shirts
of political candidates in Uganda.
Cue in; We have ever talked…//Cue
out; bring to an end…. //
Meanwhile according to Peter Lomure Anisi a
refugee leader in Rhino Camp Settlement Camp, some of their refugee youths have
gone deep in the Ugandan politics because their parents have failed to play
their roles of telling them the right thing to do.
Cue in; Our children are…//Cue
out; police or mortuary…. //
Report from security circles in West Nile
indicate that some of the refugees are also registered as Ugandan citizens holding
National IDs and voters’ cards.
Most of the refugees participating in
Ugandan politics are mainly the youth who are driven by the influence of their
fellow Ugandan peers.