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Urban Refugees Demand Security Boost Ahead of Elections

Eyob Kassepe an urban refugee in Kampala from Eritrea staying in Nakulabye says that as a refugee community they are praying for peaceful elections and transition of power, however, they are uncertain of what will happen after the elections.

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Urban refugees living in Kampala have asked security personnel to provide them with security ahead of next week’s elections.

The refugees are living in fear about the likely outbreak of violence during and after the elections. There are over 1.4 million refugees in Uganda of which over 100,000 stay in Kampala in the areas of Makindye, Mengo –Kisenyi, Nsambya, Kansanga, Bunga, and Nakulabye among others.

 

Eyob Kassepe an urban refugee in Kampala from Eritrea staying in Nakulabye says that as a refugee community they are praying for peaceful elections and transition of power, however, they are uncertain of what will happen after the elections.

//Cue in;’’ As refugees we are …

Cue out … from this country’’// 

Kassepe says that due to the uncertainty, the police should provide them with special security especially to their colleague living in slums. 

//Cue in; ‘’Mostly security persons …

Cue out …peace of refugees''// 

Alice who is also a refugee from Burundi living at Salama Road in Makindye wants the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to resettle them to another secure country and return to Uganda when the elections have ended.

//Cue in;’’Tetuliko safe kubanga …

Cue out…katonda ajja kutukuuma simanyi’’//

Ahmed Ali Abdul a refugee from Somalia, says the police should protect the refugees living in Kisenyi because it is known to be an area where riots are common.

//cue in;’’ At least if we…

Cue out…is also a female’’//

John Gasole residing in Bunga says that incidents of violence in the campaigns reminds them of what they went through in their home country before they came to Uganda.

//cue in; ’’Because you know…

Cue out… some years back’’//

Julius Mucunguzi, the Communications Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office says that the refugees should not panic about their safety.  He, however, warned the refugees against participating in the election process.

 //Cue in; ’Therefore the security…

Cue out…for safety and security ‘’//   

The Deputy Police spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Luke Oweyesigire, says that the refugees should report any threats against them to security personnel. 

//cue in;’’ if they have …

Cue out…and bring them to book’’//

       

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