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Ugandans promise to crack down on misuse of refugee funds

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The government of Uganda has vowed to punish all those found to be involved in the alleged misuse of refugees’ funds.

Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hilary Onek said at a press briefing in Kampala Thursday, the government was concerned as such allegations were coming up.

"I would like to inform you that allegations of abuse of funds and other resources meant for refugees and host communities are taken very seriously by government," Onek said.

"We have initiated investigations into the different elements of the whistleblower allegations of misuse of food and cash interventions meant for refugees, bribery and trafficking of girls," the minister added, insisting that the government would "leave no stone unturned" in as far as investigations are concerned.

The minister said whoever will be found to be have been involved will be "firmly dealt with in accordance with the law".

He revealed that four government workers from the refugees department were already under disciplinary action.

The minister’s press briefing came on the backdrop of media reports that funds collected during the 2017 Refugees Solidarity Summit held in Kampala last year were misused.

Uganda is currently host to about 1.3 million refugees from mainly South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, there are reports that the number of refugees could be inflated and that is why Onek announced that fresh registration would be carried out.

"We decided, working with our partners, to commence robust biometric re-enrollment and verification of refugees in the country ... to plug any possible holes in the integrity of the register of the refugees and restore confidence in the refugee operations," Onek said.

           

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