Ugandans struggle to register as refugees in Yumbe

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On 4 April 2017 saa 10:42
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Chaos ensued at Bidibidi Zone III Settlement in Kululu Sub-county, Yumbe District as hundreds of Ugandans struggled to be registered as South Sudan refugees.

Those who tried to be registered as refugees, according to reportedly wanted to access free relief items like food since most of them struggle to make ends meet.

The office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is currently registering refugees in Bidibidi Zone III.

However, chaos erupted after officials from OPM identified and blocked them from being registered.

An eyewitness who preferred anonymity said Ugandans who masqueraded as refugees were exposed after failing to answer basic questions related to physical features, languages, norms and cultures of South Sudan people.

Mr Robert Baryamwesiga, the settlement commandant said some of the natives who wanted to register as refugees acquired cards fraudulently.

"Accessing the cards is not a problem because the cards are many. Some refugees sell them to the Ugandans and go back to South Sudan. Buying these cards doesn’t qualify a person to be a refugee. Registering as a refugee doesn’t mean that you will become a rich person," he said.

Mr Musiho Abubaker the Yumbe District police commander said on Monday: "The police had to fire live bullets in air to disperse the rowdy residents. We never registered cases of assault and no arrests were made in connection to the incidence." the DPC said.

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Some of the refugees from South Sudan being registered in Adjumani District. Photo by Felix Warom Okello.

Source:Daily Monitor