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Uganda; Africa’s Largest Host Of Refugees Accused Of Inflating Figures

Uganda has been faulted for inflating the quantities of refugees in the nation which is the biggest host of displaced individuals in the continent.

Four government authorities have been suspended pending an investigation concerning the claim which incorporates the mishandle of assets put aside for the displaced people, reports local newspaper Daily Monitor.

The newspaper indicates that the suspicion was first raised by the UN country representative Rosa Malango who wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda whose office is in charge of refugee affairs.

Ms Malango is reported to have cast doubts on “the number of refugees in Uganda; abuse of funds and other resources by some officials and suspected trafficking in girls and women refugees” after a periodic review..

A spot-check of the number of refugees in a camp in Kampala found only 7,000 refugees showing up for provisions out of the 26,000 documented on paper which suggests an inflation in the figures.

The investigation is expected to establish if some UNHCR officials also connived with the officials in the Office of the Prime Minister, the paper added.

The BBC reports that donors including the United States, European Union and the United Kingdom have threatened to withhold funding to the country.

The state minister for relief and disaster preparedness Musa Ecweru assured that measures including biometric registration for all refugees would be done to prevent any fraud in future, he told The Guardian.

Uganda is host to some 1.4 million refugees mostly from South Sudan and DR Congo, UN reported last year.

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