By Bosco Nemeyimana.
Yesterday morning the security experts from the great lakes region had a meeting at Kisoro district headquarters in the council hall.
The international conference on the great lakes region is an intergovernmental organisation that came into existence as a result of 2006 pact on security, stability and development in the great lakes region.
It is comprised of thirteen member states including Uganda, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia. It has got other co-opted members including Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Through its program Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) which was launched in September 2012 in Goma held a meeting yesterday at Kisoro district headquarters.
The role of the EJVM is to monitor and carry out investigations on security incidents.
In the meeting, they discussed the recent three-day operations by the Kisoro district security teams starting from 02nd.Sept.2022 to Sunday 04th. Sept.2022 ended up with eviction of 13,203 refugees who had illegally settled on the borderline in the areas of Bunagana, Kibaya industrial park in Nyarubuye sub-county and Mupaka Town council.
According to Kisoro district Resident District commissioner (RDC) Hajji shafiq Sekandi Sengoba, these evicted refugees left the area. With 4,564 going to Nyakabande Transit center and 8,639 getting back to DR Congo through Mupaka Town council.
Hajji shafiq Sekandi further said that these refugees had paralysed normal businesses at the Borderline. He pointed out Kibaya industrial area that was given to Uganda Investment authority which was to be officially launched on Saturday 3rd. September.2022 and was halted due to the influx of Congolese refugees in the area.
Hajji. Sekandi Sengoba is still worried of those that are still settling on the Borderline illegally. He however says that there are to resume operations which will totally evict all the remnants who are still living in the area.
These refugees are said to be threatening security and endangering the sanitation of the area.
According to intelligence reports some refugees are still living in the area under the guise of failing to get transport means to Nyakabande Transit center. Some others are susceptible of renting in these areas.