Wednesday July 30 2014

Deportees stranded at border


A group of 27 people who were last week deported from neighbouring Kenya are stranded at Busia Border Post.

The group, which includes 20 Ugandans and nationals of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was handed over to Uganda Immigration officials in Busia on Friday after they were deported for allegedly entering and staying in Kenya illegally.

According to sources within the Ugandan Immigration Department, this brought to more than 100 the number of nationals of the same countries who have been deported from Kenya this month alone.

No official reason
A deportation letter dated July 22 and signed by Mr Maurice Ayanda of the Kenyan Immigration Department, a copy of which the Daily Monitor has seen, does not give reasons for the deportation, but lists the names of deportees and their countries of origin.

Busia Resident District Commissioner Hussein Kato Matanda confirmed that he had received complaints from the deportees and had taken up the matter with the relevant authorities.

“I have interviewed some of these people and they have told me that many Ugandans are being held in various prisons on charges of illegal entry. I have taken up the matter with my superiors,” he said.