Government, UN probe finds inflated refugee figures

Verification. World Food Programme officials register refugees using a biometric verification system at Imvepi Refugee Settlement Camp in Arua District on Friday. PHOTO BY RACHEL MABALA

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  • Reason. The Office of the Prime Minister attributes the discrepancies to mass influx of refugees and their complex movements in the country.
  • "There are people at the borders who have families in two border countries for example in Amudat and Pokot. These can pose as Ugandans at a certain time and pose as citizens of a neighbouring country depending on the benefits arising from the situation. Such incidents are also observed during elections when these people cast votes in two countries,” minutes from an OPM June 7 meeting

Kampala. Preliminary findings of the ongoing investigation into the alleged inflation of refugee numbers have revealed significant disparities, but the Prime Minister’s office insists there are justified explanations for the mismatch.
In February, Daily Monitor broke the story of the discrepancies in refugee numbers involving allegations of inflated figures, trafficking of women and children and fraud.

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