Over 40 Congolese nationals have been arrested in Mbarara town for illegal entry into Uganda.
The suspects most of whom are women and children were intercepted in a Thursday night operation night aboard different Kampala bound buses.
Poly Namaye the Rwizi region police spokesperson say security personnel acted on a tipoff from informants at the Uganda Congo border that a number of Congolese nationals were entering the country illegally.
Initial records indicate that most of the arrested individuals hail from the villages of Ruchuro and Bunagana in North Kivu the Democratic republic of Congo.
Namaye says police is investigating persons who could be aiding Congolese nationals to enter and settle into Uganda. After the investigations, the Congolese will be tried for illegal entry into Ugandan territory and subsequently deported. They will be tried together will any Ugandan accomplices, Namaye adds.
But the arrested Congolese told Red Pepper Online at Mbarara central police station that most of them came on invitation of undisclosed Ugandan colleagues. One of them, Joseph Biziyaka says they only entered the country to seek for better conditions of living.