Rwandan students reject transfer to refugee camp

The students say moving to any refugee camp would be putting their lives at risk after alleged threats from the Rwanda High Commission in Uganda.


The 16 Rwandan students who have filed for refugee status in Uganda over alleged witch-hunt by their government yesterday refused attempts by the Office of the Prime Minister to transfer them to one of the refugee camps in Uganda.

The students, who were informed of the planned transfer on Tuesday by Mr David Appollo Kazungu, the commissioner for refugees, declined the offer, citing insecurity in the camps.
The group spokesperson whose name is withheld for security reasons, told the Daily Monitor that following continued threats from the Rwandan High Commission in Uganda, moving to any refugee camp would be putting their lives at risk. “They have warned us that they shall get to us if we are taken to any refugee camp. They can only take us to that place over our dead bodies,” he said.

The students also cited continued threats against their lives from mysterious phone numbers.
“We have received almost two calls from private numbers telling us that we do not know what we are dealing with,” he says.

However, Mr Frank Mugambagye, the Rwanda ambassador to Uganda, said the students were basing their complaints on lies. “No official from the embassy could threaten and intimidate people under police protection,” Mr Mugambagye said.

The ambassador described the students as misguided. “These students are misguided and should go back to their home, they are making a big deal out of a simple examination fraud case,” Mr Mugambagye said.
Attempts to contact officials from the refugee department were futile as the commissioner was not picking his known phone number.

On Monday, the files of the 14 males and two females were forwarded to OPM, which is in-charge of handling refugees.