Amuru leaders want refugee reception centre closedAmuru leaders want refugee reception centre closed
AMURU. Leaders in Amuru District have threatened to close Elegu Refugee Reception Centre in Atiak Sub-county, protesting ‘failure’ by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to establish a refugee settlement in the district, Daily Monitor has learnt.
It is alleged that last week’s fresh fights in South Sudan, saw several refugees finding their way in the communities within Amuru District instead of getting to the designated resettlement centres in Adjumani and Yumbe districts, something that has mounted pressure on the available foodstuffs and other services
In an interview with Daily Monitor on Monday, Amuru District chairperson, Michael Lakony, threatened to mobilise leaders in the district for the closure of the refugee reception centre saying it has become a threat to the communities.
“At the moment, there is a total of 300 refugees in Pogo Parish, Atiak Sub-county, something that is a security threat because some of them used porous border points to enter the country. We cannot rule out that they sneaked here with ammunition that might be turned against our people,” Mr Lakony said.
Mr Lakony said the district request to the OPM for a refugee settlement centre has landed on deaf ears.
“Residents offered land for the refugee settlement, but the OPM has not responded up to now. The refugees have mingled with locals and they are sharing the little resources we have at hand,” he said
“As leaders, we shall mobilise to close the refugee reception centre since it is just inconveniencing us.”
However, the OPM refugee desk officer, Mr Titus Jogo, said the closure of the reception centre will be unfortunate.
He said OPM will assess the situation for possible solution.