- The refugees are transported to and from the registration as none of them wants to miss out
- The data was formerly managed by the office of the prime minister under the department of refugees
- The registration is to take six months and this will be used to establish exact numbers of refugees
By Tuku Wahib
Koboko- The refugee validation exercise has kicked off at Waju primary school, in Atu River, Lobule sub-county, Koboko district this week.
Speaking to West Nile Press Online, the UNHCR Registration Officer, Shane Obrien, said: “There is however the challenge of network encountered which made the technical team to work around the clock to rectify according. From other parts of the country, there is good internet. But here it is not easy and the system requires good internet for biometrics.”
Obrien stressed that rolling it to the other settlement camps will not be easy a big logistical and geographical challenge awaits them ahead. “Both the staff and the entire families of the refugees has to be transported and the scattered nature of camps like Bidibidi with over half a million” he added.
The six-month activity initiated and conducted by United Nations high commissioner for refugees UNHCR to validate and synchronize the already refugee information management system received overwhelming response.
Following several complaints of multiple registration and exaggerated numbers of refugees and allegations of gross abuse of funds meant for the persons of concern by top government officials which later led to the interdiction of former Commissioner David Kazungu and others.
The funds that were mismanaged were raised during the Uganda solidarity summit on refugees in Kampala, June last year from the donor countries and some local companies. The event attended by among others Mr Antonio Guterres the United Nations secretary general.
According to official figures from UNHCR, Uganda is a home to over 1.4 million refugees escaping from ethnic and tribal conflicts from its volatile neighbors like South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi among others with West Nile alone being the lead host region in the country.