30 People Arrested In Mbarara For Illegal Entry

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At least 30 people in Biharwe sub county Mbarara district have been arrested for illegally staying and working in the area without proper identification documents.

At least 30 people in Biharwe sub county, Mbarara district have been arrested for illegally staying and working in the area without proper identification documents.
 
The suspects, who come from Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi, were arrested following a crackdown this week on people who illegally enter the country and those who lack proper identity documents.
 
The sub county chairman, Steven Muganga, said the crackdown comes after the increasing cases of crime in the area and the number of strangers with different ethnic backgrounds. He also revealed that some of them have even started forging stamps, as two of them have so far been arrested in connection to the offense.
 
Muganga said this has a serious impact on security.
 
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The Rwizi Regional Police Commander Martin Abiru confirmed the arrest and attributed the continued influx to the weak immigration laws and the laxity of lower Local Council committees which have lost morale in their duties after serving for long. Uganda has not held local council one election since 2001.
 
The incident comes just hours after police in Kiruhura district arrested seven suspected M23 rebels who were reportedly recruiting Ugandans into their ranks.  The Kiruhura District Police Commander, Norman Musinga says the rebels are to be transferred to Kampala for further interrogation by officers fromthe Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence(CMI).
 
DPC Musinga, who headed the operation to arrest the suspected rebels, says the group was intercepted as they set off to board a bus to Goma in North Kivu province, the seat of M23 rebels.

Last month, at least seven Congolese nationals were arrested, charged and remanded in Buliisa district for illegal entry.