‘Stringent’ measures for refugees
UGANDA: IT IS going to be a lot harder to siphon cash out of the refugee kitty in Uganda after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued stringent new measures for the reception of refugees, their registration, protection, assistance and case management.
According to the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services audit report, there were gaps and weaknesses in risk management in a number of areas between July 2016 and December 2017. The refugee agency said that a verification of the number of refugees in Uganda was recently completed, unveiling anomalies that are being addressed.
New UNHCR figures after the verification exercise show that Uganda hosts 1.1 million refugees and asylum seekers, a drop from the 1.4 million refugees who were previously estimated to be in Uganda, mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
Uganda and the UNHCR requested the audit in March following allegations that some senior government officials had mismanaged funds earmarked to support refugees and inflated the number of refugees in the country.