Commissioner calls for release of refugees held over trafficking

Kampala. The Commissioner for Refugees, Mr David Apollo Kazungu, has called for the release of members of two families from Rwanda and Burundi detained last year on allegations of illegally trafficking people into the country.
The two families, who have been in custody since last year, were detained at Kiira Police station on the orders of Interpol. They are being held at the Special Investigations Unit in Kiira Division pending investigations.

Why release?
Speaking to Daily Monitor yesterday, Mr Kazungu said police lacked overwhelming evidence to keep the families detained.
However, he declined to reveal the detainee’s identities due to the sensitivity of the case.
During a phone interview, Mr Asan Kasingye, Director Interpol and Assistant inspector General of Police, said the only way the detained refugees can be released is if the order comes from the Attorney General because at this point, the matter is out of their hands.
He added that: “The Commissioner has a right to demand their release but we still have to determine whether their stay in Uganda is legal or not and so we need guidance from the Attorney General on the way forward,” he said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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