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Police arrests 33 refugees over incitement

On Wednesday 28 March, a joint team of officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Ministry of Health, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other stakeholders carried out a physical verification visit to refugee camps housing Burundian refugees in Bugesera, Nyanza and Rusizi districts.

As refugees gathered for the exercise, their leaders started to incite them to reject any assistance from these institutions.

As a result of instigating violence among fellow refugees, 33 ringleaders were identified and arrested. They include 31 at Gashora Transit Centre-Bugesera; one at Nyarushishi Transit Centre-Rusizi; and one at Muyira Transit Centre-Nyanza.

The incitement, an act punishable by the penal code, was endangering the lives of refugees in the camp, as well as that of officials.

The situation in all the camps is calm according to Rwanda National Police.

The Express News

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