Moroto Earmarked as Refugee Host District

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In short
Refugees who cross into Karamoja region into the border districts of Kaabong, Kotido and Amudat will be rounded up and taken to Naakabat, a former gold mining camp located in Moroto, about 30 kilometers to the Uganda-Kenya border.

Government has earmarked Moroto to serve as a host district for refugees as Kenyan government prepares to disband two camps come next November.

The refugees who cross into Karamoja region into the border districts of Kaabong, Kotido and Amudat will be rounded up and taken to Naakabat, a former gold mining camp located in Moroto, about 30 kilometers to the Uganda-Kenya border.

The Kenyan government is planning to repatriate close to 300,000 against 500,000 refugees from Dadaab camp on the Somalia-Kenya border and Kakuma in Turkana County by end of 2016.

Kakuma has been home to Uganda and South Sudan refugees while Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp hosts over 500,000 Somali nationals.

Moroto Resident District Commissioner Peterken Lochap says that the inter-ministerial committee on immigrants was in Karamoja to assess the issues and make adequate preparations for the likely spillover of refugees.
 
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Mt. Moroto Regional Police Commander Aruk Richard Maruk says security agencies have deployed massively along the 16 motorable routes within the areas of Kotido, Amudat, Kaabong and Moroto border districts.
 
He appeals to the public not panic because security is on alert to handle the matter to the core.
 
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About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.