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Speaking at the same event, the Relief and Disaster Preparedness Minister, Hillary Onek, said some countries he didnt disclose have been sending wrong elements to Uganda to kidnap or kill people who legally entered the country for business or as refugees.

The State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru has warned spies operating in Uganda under the guise of being refugees to stop, saying government will deal with them decisively.

"I am making the following statement if you have come from Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and the rest and you have not come because of being prosecuted but come because you want to cause problems to Uganda and harm refugees. I want to warn you today stop that nonsense," he said.
 

 
Adding that, "While there are many people running way from fear and prosecution, there are those who come posing as refugees but with intentions to undermine security in the country and wellbeing of refugees in Uganda," Ecweru. He says "Government is going to deploy machinery to ensure the safety of all refugees in the country."
 
 
He was speaking during celebrations to commemorate the World International Refugee day at Nakivale refugee resettlement camp in Isingiro district on Wednesday. Ecweru explained that government is working hard to ensure that those disguising themselves as refugees are done away with.
 
 
Speaking at the same event, the  Relief and Disaster Preparedness Minister, Hillary Onek, said some countries he didn't disclose have been sending wrong elements to Uganda to kidnap or kill people who legally entered the country for business or as refugees. 

"We are not taking this lightly. Some of these come as refugees come and get documents, move back to get more instructions to come back and harm our people. We can't tolerate this, we have already arrested a few trying to do that," said Onek.
 

The Ministers statements come at a time when senior Ugandan Police officers including the former police boss, General Kale Kayihura are being accused of espionage and illegally repatriating refugees, especially to Rwanda.
 

Some of the officers including Nixon Agasirwe, the former Commandant of the Special Operations Unit, Joel Agume, the former Commandant of the Police Standards Unit and six junior officers are already being tried in the UPDF General Court martial. 

They are accused of illegally extraditing Lt. Joel Mutabazi, the former bodyguard of president, Paul Kagame. Mutabazi was arraigned in the military court in Rwanda, which handed him a life sentence for treason.

There have also been reports of murders and kidnap of Rwandan nationals in Uganda in the past years. Uganda is home to more than 1.4 million refugees drawn from Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Eretria, Ethiopia and Kenya, spread in camps in Isingiro, Kyegegwa, Yumbe and Arua districts.