Uganda Police is holding six Burundi nationals for illegally entering the country.
The six were arrested in Rakai district while trying to sneak into the country unnoticed.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, confirmed the report saying they had directed their territorial commanders on borders to tighten security and scrutinize foreigners.
He said the arrested would be charged with illegal entry and extradited back to Burundi.
According to Enanga, whoever wants to come to Uganda should go through the right immigration processes.
Meanwhile, the Burundians told police that they were running away from the tyranny in their home country.
They alleged that they were being persecuted by the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
This is the first batch of Burundians to be arrested for entering Uganda.
However, many have already fled Burundi and crossed to the neighboring Rwanda.
They say Nkurunziza’s ‘Imbonerakure’, an alleged youth wing of the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy–Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD–FDD) party are secretly being armed and trained to massacre their families.
About 500 refugees are currently camped in Rwanda’s Bugesera district in Eastern Province, Rwanda.
Most of them have been settled in a refugee transit centre in Biryo Cell, Gashora Sector.
They say brutal Imbonerakure youth have pushed them out of their homes into bushes for fear of their lives.
“We had written death threats dropped on our door steps stating the date and time when we would be killed,” a refugee told the Burundian ambassador to Rwanda, Amb. Alexis Ntukamazina.