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Uganda cracks down on illegal migrants

02 October 2013, 13:29 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - After the recent Westgate mall attack where over 60 Kenyans were killed by terrorists, authorities in Uganda have declared a war against illegal migrants.

The crackdown on foreigners living in Uganda illegally by police, immigration officers and other security agencies, the migrants have gone into hiding.

"Many foreigners living here illegally are hiding after learning that they are being hunted by authorities," said Kampala local council official, Jerome Mbaina.

So far, 19 suspected illegal immigrants who have been operating petty businesses in Kampala's downtown have been arrested. They include five Chinese, two Ethiopians, eleven Indians and one Congolese national.

"They have been arrested around Nabugabo Road in downtown Kampala as they were going on with their petty businesses," said Ludovic Kamugisha Ludovic, the principal immigrations officer Ministry of Internal Affairs.

He said that they were arrested Tuesday afternoon during a joint operation between police and the law enforcement officers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Department of the Immigrations and citizenship.

"The arrested did not have proper documents," he added.

Kamugisha further explained that they are investigating the different immigration offences that those arrested could have committed and they they will either be prosecuted, fined or deported back to their countries.

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