MOYO. A total of 20 South Sudan Refugees have been remanded to Celili Government Prison in Moyo district over various offenses committed in Palorinya settlement camp.
Of the 20, one female refugee has been sentenced to one year in prison for man slaughter while eight others have been committed to Adjumani high court for trial.
According to Mr Denis Angala, the officer in charge, many of the refugee prisoners are being accused of murder, rape, defilement and assault among others.
He said the crimes are often committed in the camp due to ignorance of Ugandan laws.
Mr Angala also attributed the high rate of crimes in refugee settlement camps to idealness and drug abuse which he said are common among refugees.
He urged implementing partners to embark on serious sensitization of refugees on Ugandan laws as well as engaging them in productive activities so as to prohibit them from participating in unlawful activities.
Meanwhile Mr Stephen Agaba, the Moyo District Police Commander (DPC) said that they have started community policing programs in Palorinya refugee settlement camp with the aim of educating the refugees on the laws governing the operations of the country.
He said the leadership structure in the camp is key in mobilizing and taking the lead in sensitization of the refugee community since they understand themselves better and leave together as families.
However, Mr Swaib Toko, the Moyo Resident District Commissioner (RDC) said, having a population of over 180, 000 people in one camp has exerted pressure on the Justice and Law sector of the country because the refugees have different systems of governance with different mind sets in their home country.
He called for police deployment in the camp to manage the increasing cases of violence in the area.