Monday, May 15, 2006

Uganda: Congolese Refugees Supply Marijuana

Refugees, mainly of Congolese origin, in Kyaka 11 Refugee Settlement Camp in Kyegegwa county are the biggest suppliers of marijuana to the districts of Kampala, Jinja, and Masaka, police have said.

The District Police Commander, Mr Charles Babweteera, on May 10 told Daily Monitor that some Rwandan refugees were growing the plant on a small scale.

"To get to know what was happening inside the refugees' settlement camps, we were helped by the high rate of crimes of defilement and rape that were being reported to police stations in Kyenjojo and Kyegegewa," Mr Komunjara said.

Police say most people, who commit crimes do it under the influence of marijuana . He said police would soon embark on uprooting all marijuana gardens.

"When police went to inquire why the refugees were interested in growing marijuana, it was discovered that it was because growing and smoking marijuana wasn't prohibited in the DR Congo ," he said. In Uganda, it is illegal to grow or smoke marijuana.

By Joseph Mugisa


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