Indians have gone into hiding in Jinja town after an operation by the ministry of Internal Affairs low a crackdown on illegal immigrants in Jinja.
Business in Jinja entered a lukewarm phase on Saturday, after most of the asian owned shops remained closed following Friday's crackdown on illegal immigrants.
The crackdown by the the ministry of Internal Affairs led to the arrest of more than 60 people of Indian origin.
Most retail, wholesale and hardware shops and supermarkets owned by Indians remained closed, while those that opened had less the usual number of indian shop attendants.
Worst affected were shops located on Lubas, Clive, Nizam, Ghokhale and Alidina roads.
Vithal Keshwala, a trader along lady Alice Mulooki road, said most of his family members had travelled to Mbarara and Kampala to formalise their immigration documents.
Mehta Dee, Chairman Jinja Indian Association said that Friday's arrests have sent shock waves to most people whose immigration documents and work permits had expired, and were not yet renewed.
He was optimistic that the sitiuation would normalise after the documents are authenticated by the immigration officers.
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Ludovic Kamugisha, from ministry of Internal Affairs said the the crackdown on illegal immigrants will be carried out three times every year.
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