KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The UN special envoy for the Great Lakes region
has urged Uganda to mobilize the African Union (AU) and regional
bodies in efforts to eliminate negative forces in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Said Djinnit, in a
statement issued by Uganda’s ministry of foreign affairs, on
Tuesday made the call while meeting Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s
minister of foreign affairs.
Djinnit said the AU
and regional bodies like the International Conference on the
Great Lakes Region and the Southern African Development
Community should come together and propose solutions to wipe out
the Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebels and also repatriate the
Kutesa said Uganda
will cooperate but also called on the UN to coordinate the
process of implementing the agreed-on position of mobilizing
other countries to come on board.
The two officials
agreed that negative forces in the region should be wiped out by
February next year.
The meeting comes
after another planned meeting between Uganda and DRC on a
proposed joint operation to fight the ADF rebels holed up in
Karemire, Uganda’s military spokesperson told Xinhua on Nov. 28
that the meeting was postponed to allow for more consultations.
ADF is a Ugandan
rebel group causing mayhem in eastern DRC. The outfit in one of
its recent deadly attacks killed eight UN peacekeepers and at
least 12 DRC soldiers in North Kivu province.
The soldiers were
killed during joint operations of the UN peacekeeping mission
and DRC troops against the insurgents in Beni territory.
Several attacks by
the ADF have forced thousands of Congolese to flee to
UNHCR introduces new measures
management after flaws uncovered in Uganda
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The United Nations (UN) refugee agency has issued
new stringent measures after an audit uncovered flaws in the
management of refugees in Uganda at the peak of fighting in
neighboring South Sudan.
The United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement
issued here late Monday that there are new Standard Operating
Procedures for the reception of refugees, their registration,
protection, assistance and case management.
The UN Office of
Internal Oversight Services audit report issued this week showed
gaps and weaknesses in risk management in a number of areas
during the period between July 2016 and December 2017.
The refugee agency
said that a verification of the number of refugees in Uganda was
recently completed, unveiling anomalies which are being
New UNHCR figures
after the verification exercise show that Uganda hosts 1.1
million refugees and asylum seekers, a drop from the 1.4 million
refugees that were previously estimated in Uganda, mainly from
South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
According to a
statement jointly issued by the UNHCR and the Ugandan government
in October, an eight-month biometric verification exercise has
registered 1.1 million refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda,
instead of 1.4 million, and cleaned up cases of multiple
attributed the drop in the number of refugees to death or the
spontaneous return of refugees to their countries of origin,
As the verification
was completed, new food assistance collection procedures were
rolled out by the UN World Food Program, UNHCR and the Ugandan
Uganda and the UNHCR
requested the audit process in March this year following
allegations that some senior government officials had mismanaged
funds earmarked to support refugees and inflated the number of
refugees in the country.