The new Kigezi Regional Police Commander SSP Ibrahim Saiga, earlier this week, paid a visit to strategic locations in Kisoro district to monitor and advice on security.
Bunagana border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was one of the key installations toured during his visit to Kisoro district.
He also visited the Nyakabande Transit camp in Nyakabande Sub County, Kisoro district.
Saiga, who was accompanied by Kisoro District Police Commander Richard Musisi, Bunagana O.C Station Frank Ayo and other security personnel toured the border town of Bunagana and proceeded as far as no man’s land with Uganda and the DRC.
During the tour, Saiga was reliably informed that Congolese Asylum seekers continue to cross in Uganda fleeing Political instability caused by fighting between rebel groups and Government forces.
More than 4,500 asylum seekers continue to live among host communities in the 16 villages of Bunagana town council despite Government efforts to have them relocated to Nyakabande transit camp.
Camp records indicate that since the war broke in Eastern DRC on 28th March 2022, the cumulative number of refugees who have been registered is 28,661.
Kisoro DPC Richard Musisi requested for more man power to be added to Kisoro district, especially host communities where Congolese continue to cause insecurity to residents, knowingly or unknowingly.
” Among the common cases we have to deal with include heavy and all night drinking in bars, assault to citizens, simple theft cases, grazing of animals in local’s farms and frequent back and forth movement from Uganda to DRC, mainly for garden work. These activities have overstretched the available man power on ground”, Musisi explained
SSP Saiga commended the work well done by police in Kisoro who continue to ensure maximum peace and security in the district despite the volatile situation in Eastern DRC.
Saiga said issues of man power in areas like Kisoro district are being discussed at higher levels of Police and solutions will be availed sooner than later.
He further called on host communities to encourage the asylum seekers to move to the transit camp in Nyakabande instead of remaining in people’s homes because it is a big security threat.
Ibrahim Saiga is the former Regional Police Commander for Busoga and West Nile regions.
He also served as the Uganda contingent Police Commander under the police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).