‘Strin­gent’ mea­sures for refugees

The East African - - NEWS -

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.

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