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Government to resettle Kasese Internally Displaced People.

By Baluku Alex

The Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinnah Nabanjja has disclosed that the Government of Uganda has proposed to buy land and resettle internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kasese District.

The Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinah Nabbanja who was in Kasese and visited the IDP camps where she revealed that she had been directed by President Yoweri Museveni to ensure displaced persons are settled.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministers of Luwero- Rwenzori affairs, ICT and National Guidance and Members of Parliament from Kasese to identify land to resettle the affected persons.

This comes after more than 200 households have spent at least 10 months in an Internally Displaced Camp-IDP in Muhokya sub-county after floods ravaged the district in May last year and last week, more than 20 households were also displaced and are currently camped at the Humanist school in Rukoki sub-county due to floods.

Hon Nabbanja also said her office has extended some relief to the victims of the floods which included 40,000 kgs of maize flour, 20,000kgs beans, 2000 kilograms of sugar, 100 boxes of soap among other non-food items.

The Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hillary Onek directed the Commissioner for Disaster Rose Nakabugo to work with Kasese district leadership to identify the space and present a report to the government as soon as possible.

Beatrice Anywar, the Minister of State for Environment who accompanied the Prime Minister challenged local leaders to jointly expedite the process so that the displaced persons can restart their lives again.

The proposal by the government to buy land and resettle the people has been welcomed as a relief to parents who have been struggling to find enough food for their children and now hope that they will be able to resume farming practice to grow enough food.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister has directed the supplier who purchased items like blankets and mosquito nets which are to be donated to the IDP people in Kasese to return them because they are substandard.

Rt Hon Nabbanja said that Kasese is not a dumping ground and therefore the IDP people there deserves more than poor quality products in form of donation.

 

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