Yumbe. A group of youths in Yumbe are protesting what they call unfairness in recruitment in the refugee settlement camps.
On Monday night, the youths wrote placards and placed them on the various signposts of the Refugee Agencies.
Some of the signposts have been dismantled and defaced. Speaking to West Nile Press Online on Tuesday morning, the Police Public Relations Officer for West Nile, Josephine Angucia, said: “It is true that those write-ups on the sign posts of Refugee based NGOs have been made by unknown people at unknown time last night at Yumbe Refugee Camps. When our officers got information about them this morning, the placards were removed and inquiries have kicked off to get more information about them so that appropriate action can be taken up on the culprits.”
The management of the refugee crisis has been met with resistance especially from the youths who feel marginalised in employment even on petty jobs. This is the third time the youths are protesting against unfair employment in the camps.
The youths have argued that they are sidelined without proper reasons. At the onset of the coming in of the refugees, the locals provided land but with a view that they would be employed in reward. But this is not the case.
The Camp Commandant with OPM, Robert Baryamwesiga, said: “These refugee agencies are approved by the government to provide services and we provide for them security because in some countries
“These agencies have employed over 3000 locals and recruitment is on merit. We ensure that there is fairness in recruitment,” he added.
Bidibidi now has 272, 000 South Sudanese refugees. Security sources say the group of the youths, named Boko Haram is trying to cause mayhem in the refugee camps.
In the recent dialogue meetings between the communities and NGOs, the organisations have stuck to their job policies in which they only employ those who qualify and that are why many of the employees are got from outside the district.