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Sango Bay Refugees Finally Relocated

About 900 people from border cell left the camp this morning aboard 5 buses and one truck in a convoy led by police patrol cars, destined for Kyaka I and Kyaka II refugee camp in Kyegegwa District. David Mugisha, the camp chairperson says that the relocation will take between five to ten days.
24 Jun 2016 13:25
The relocation of more than 4000 refugees from Sango Bay Resettlement camp in Kakuuto County, Rakai district, has started.

About 900 people from border cell left the camp this morning aboard 5 buses and one truck in a convoy led by police patrol cars, destined for Kyaka I and Kyaka II refugee camp in Kyegegwa District. David Mugisha, the camp chairperson says that the relocation will take between five to ten days.

At least 1,300 households in six cells namely Nyakayozi, Lwenkuba, Kakuuto, Border cell, Nyaruwungo and Misenyi have already packed their belongings ready for the transfer.

The relocation was first announced by State Minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru in May stating that the refugees posed a security threat to Rakai district and the country at large.

Ecweru added that the cost of feeding the refugees in Sango Bay was equally unmanageable yet they could not cultivate their own food on the Sango Bay Resettlement camp land, which belongs to Sango bay Sugarcane plantation and factory.

The resettlement camp was established in August 2013 in Sango Bay Parish with over 5000 refugees expelled from the Kagera region in Tanzania, where they were accused of illegal entry and settlement.

It has been home to Ugandan returnees, Congolese, Burundians, Rwandese and stateless people. But Fred Mugamba, the camp commandant says the condition in the camp at Sango Bay is intolerable.

Rakai Resident District Commissioner Charles Mubiru says that the transfer was proposed by the District Security Committee upon realizing that some of the refugees had been involved in organized crime in the area.

Alice Tugumisirize, a mother of three children is optimistic that her family will get land to grow their own food in the new camp. Another refugee, Maria Musimenta said they were tired of relying on government for rations.

Cyrus Kasigga, another refugee commended the residents in Rakai for supporting the welfare of refugees by giving them labor on their plantations and ranches.

Although residents in Kakuuto have applauded the relocation, some say that the transfer is likely to affect their livelihood.

Emanuel Byamugisha, a resident of Kabonera village says the refugees have been providing cheap labor on their plantations. He adds that ever since the refugees came, their plantations have expanded because most of them have been working for food.

Edward Muyambi, the camp's Pastor and a resident of Kakuuto trading centre says that the refugees have been cooperative and hardworking outside the camp. He adds that the locals are at a loss because they have been selling their produce to the refugees.

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