ISINGIRO RESIDENTS WARNED AGAINST MISTREATING REFUGEES
By Deo Okoodi
Gender, Labour and social Development minister Janat Mukwaya has warned people in Isingiro district against being misled by their leaders to mistreat Refugees.
The minister said such a practise is very bad because it might be used against them in case they also become Refugees.
Talking to district leaders at Isingiro council hall over the weekend, Mukwaya said Ugandans are lucky just because of the sacrifice security officials are making to protect them from both internal and external negative forces.
Janat Mukwaya was in the district to monitor and evaluate youth livelihood projects and those of the women funded under Uganda Women Entrepreneurship program.
There about 120.000 refugees currently settling on the over 70 square mile land.
Early this year a disagreement between security officials and the district chairman; Jerimaya Kamurari erupted over a threat he made to open up clear boundary line separating refugee settlement land and that of the locals in area.
But security insisted that Kamurari wanted to grab and redistribute part of Nakivale refugee settlement land to the local people.
The situation forced residents to stage the demonstration and pull down the Refugee sign posts and other property as well until police used tear gas to disperse the violent residents.