OPM Wants UGX 22B To Resettle Ugandans Expelled From TZ

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The Office of the Prime Minister is asking for 22 billion shillings to facilitate the permanent resettlement of 4,024 Ugandans who were expelled from Tanzania.

The Office of the Prime Minister is asking for 22 billion shillings to facilitate the permanent resettlement of 4,024 Ugandans who were expelled from Tanzania.
 
The money will also be used to repatriate non Ugandans.
 
Over the last 10 years Tanzania has been expelling Ugandans and other nationals from its territory. The first group of expellees entered Uganda in 2003 and was resettled at Rwamwanja Refugee camp in Kamwenge district.
 
Some of these people are said to have migrated from Kabale and Ankole in 1965 and entered Tanzania in search of pasture and employment. More expellees were sent into Uganda in 2007 and were initially camped at Nyakayojo cell, a swampy area within Kikagati Sub County in Isingiro district.
 
In July 2013, about 5000 persons were expelled from Tanzania and they entered Uganda through Kikagati and Mutukula border posts. At least 4,350 were camped at Kikagata sub county headquarters for two months while another 450 who entered through Mutukula were camped at Sango bay in Rakai district.
 
Now State Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Musa Ecweru says they need money to resettle them.
 
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In order to determine proper nationalities of all immigrants at Sango bay and for ease of planning, government carried out a verification and screening of the  immigrants. Ecweru says it was discovered there were other nationals, including Tanzanians who were expelled by their own government from their own country.
 
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Meanwhile, with a refugee population of 315,000, government is also worried that in the coming weeks, the influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo will increase.
 
Minister Ecweru says the influx through Bundibugyo has not improved because of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels operating along the Beni-Kamango axis. On average 100 to 200 refugees have been reporting at Bukwanga Transit Centrein Bundibugyo for the last two weeks.
 
Ecweru is worried that if the United Nations and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo take steps to fight ADF rebels then the situation will worsen.
 
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There are also approximately 4,223 Congolese Refugees settled in Koboko since December 2013, when they ran away from the activities of a shadowy rebel group called the M18. The rebel group is operating in the Oriental province and has caused an influx into Uganda through Koboko.
 
It was noted that following neutralization of the M23 rebellion by the combined force of UN and DRC army, the influx of Congolese refugees through Kisoro has slowed down to an average of 50-100 refugees per day.
 
The continued influx currently of Congolese refugees into Uganda is reported to be as a result of post rebellion internal conflicts amongst locals in areas formerly occupied by the M23.