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Over 3,000 Congolese refugees relocated to Nyamambuka Playground in Mpondwe- Lhubiriha Town Council, Kasese district

By Joackim Kule

Over 3,000 refugees fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda and particularly in Kasese district have been relocated to Nyamambuka Playground in Kyanduli I Cell, Rusese Ward in Mpondwe- Lhubiriha Town Council.

The DR Congo nationals started entering through various routes at the Ugandan boarder on Monday after the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF razed down some homes and killed several civilians.

Before their relocation, the refugees had previously occupied different camps at Kisebere Primary School in Kitholhu sub-county, Kanyatsi Primary School in Kithoma – Kanyatsi Town Council and Karambi sub-county headquarters.

While relocating the affected persons, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner, Lt. Joe Walusimbi explained that much as they have been relocated to Nyamambuka Playground, they would still be screened by security to ascertain if they had not come with some bad elements.

Lt. Walusimbi warned the relatives of the victims against paying unnecessary visits to them while in the camp as well as bringing any relief materials to them, saying that government is solely responsible for their welfare.

He encouraged whoever might be having links with ADF rebels that are terrorizing the Eastern Part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to peacefully handover themselves to the Ugandan authorities before security uses its intelligence arm to detect such wrong doers.

One of the refugees told our reporter that they were forced to cross to Uganda when they saw some houses belonging to the civilians in Busigha, Kasale and Bughumirya being burnt by the ADF rebels.

According to him, the whereabouts of some of his relatives and neighbours currently remain unknown.

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