Local authorities in Manafwa district want government to forcefully relocate about one thousand Kenyan refugees living in the district.
The refugees are currently living in Bumbo and Nemba primary schools in Manafwa district. They are part of a group that refused being relocated to Mulanda United Nations High Commission for Refugees camp in Tororo.
The LC5 Councilor for Bumbo Sub-county Jotham Walemwa Bukania, says the refugees fled from the transit centers to stay with relatives.
Walemwa says the refugees were deceived by some officials that Mulanda camp is insecure.
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Walemwa says that the refugees who have remained behind exerting extra pressure on the food reserves in the area. Rogers Bwayo, the Chairperson of Manafwa District Disaster Committee says that no more assistance will be given to the refugees who opted not to be relocated to Mulanda camp.
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Roberta Russo, the External Relations Officer of UNHCR says that the refugees cannot be forcefully relocated because government gave them the option of choosing where to stay.