Why aren’t expelled Ugandans resettled?
Posted Tuesday, September 24 2013 at 01:00
There are more questions than answers on the issue of about 3,000 ‘Ugandan’ refugees who were expelled from Tanzania and are now stranded in Isingiro District.
My questions are; if they are Ugandans why are they stranded? Why can’t they trace their relatives or villages of origin? Does it mean that for all the time they have been in Tanzania, they were never in contact with their relatives in Uganda? Why can’t they trace their roots instead of being stranded in the camps in Isingiro?
Some people will argue that these people were born in Tanzania but their ancestors at least had a village of origin just like every one of us.
Even pastoralists at least had the last swamp they had occupied before they migrated to Tanzania. How can Ugandans be refugees in their own country?
Why can’t we call them returnees? We definitely need answers to these questions otherwise we are headed for a situation where neighbouring countries will start expelling their citizens so that they can be hosted by Uganda.
I am also very sure that time for tribal migration, pastoralism or nomadism is so outdated in Uganda and Africa in general. Over to you concerned authorities.
Joseph Francis Ogwapit,