Congolese refugee influx into Uganda worries authorities

Congolese refugees stand on May 15, 2012 in a camp outside the western Ugandan town of Kisoro at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Following renewed fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda has begun to fill the pinch as a large number of refugees are reported to have entered the country illegally in the past few days.

The incident has prompted the Kasese District Commissioner Milton Odongo in western Uganda to direct all security agencies in the district to monitor the Uganda - DR Congo border and apprehend all illegal entrants into the country.

The Mr Odongo's order follows the recent Congolese illegal entry into Uganda via Kayanja fishing village I Nyakiyumbu sub-county in Kasese.

Mr Odong was on Monday addressing residents of Kayanja fishing village about security issues and warned those who he said were smuggling Congolese into the country calling on them to use the legally provided provisions.

"We have not stopped you from going and coming from DR Congo but we want you to use legal means. How can MPs from both countries illegally enter either country; there is a motive behind these people which we must watch," he warned.

Security agencies have embarked on community policing programme on lake shores to show them the dangers of housing unknown people calling upon them to report to the nearest authorities for their verification.

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