A mass exodus is going on in East Africa following a decision by Uganda that alien Africans are no longer to be accepted in the country.
A mass exodus is going on in East Africa following a decision by Uganda that alien Africans are no longer to be accepted in the country. As a result, more than 60-thousand Kenyan Africans who had made their homes in Uganda are now returning to Kenya, many in the state of refugees.
A month ago President Milton Obote of Uganda announced that aliens were to be expelled from his country. The decision is now being acted upon, and has caused a severe rift within the East African community, with Kenyan Africans now demanding reprisals against Uganda.
The long-term effects of Uganda's decision are viewed with dismay in Africa, and some people believe it may spell the end of the previous alignment in East Africa between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Many of the people returning to Kenya from Uganda complain that they have lost all their life savings, and some have even alleged they were robbed by Uganda border officials before they left the country. Banks in Uganda are reported to have refused to repay deposits made by aliens and it's also reported that aliens' houses have been taken over by squatters.
The arrival of Kenyan Africans from Uganda has created problems at points along the frontier where large numbers of refugees are reported to be crossing each day.