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MUHOKYA IDPS SEEK TO MEET PRESIDENT MUSEVENI OVER DELAYED RELOCATION

By Mulengera Reporters

Internally Displaced Persons-IDPs that are camped in Muhokya, Kasese district are seeking to meet President Yoweri Museveni to address questions relating to their relocation which appears to have hit a snag.

Up to 1500 people were temporarily resettled in Muhokya sub-county after a series of floods and landslides displaced them from their homes in December 2020. But they are now seeking answers on why the process for their relocation and resettlement has stalled even after a presidential directive.

They say that although they were temporarily resettled by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and Kasese District Local Government, they were abandoned without relief aid and support for their school-going children.

Rehema Aryema, their camp leader says that they have not received any explanation about the planned relocation and its progress. She adds that the group has also not been involved in government programs like Emyooga and the newly rolled out Parish Development Model-PDM despite being economically vulnerable.

Mary Nyongera, one of the displaced persons says that they had hoped that they would be transferred to permanent settlements before this year began but they were abandoned in leaking houses.

They have now tasked district leaders to present their request to the president before his visit to Busongora South Constituency where he expected to drum support for the NRM flagbearer for the scheduled by-election this month. The IDPs presented their request through the Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner in charge of Bukonzo Lt. Magwara Maate.

Lt. Magwara however is optimistic that soon government will find a lasting solution for people who are still living in the camp.

Abdul Maliki Ssenfuka, the Director of Humanity First Uganda says they are overwhelmed by calls from camp leaders seeking relief food and requests that the issue of re-settling the IDPs must be given priority.

“I believe the issue of resettling these people should have been a priority from the government. First, most of them lost all their properties including land and houses, they have no income base where to start from,” Ssenfuka said

Earlier the Kasese District Chairperson Eliphazi Muhindi told URN that local authorities had failed to get the 200 acres of land in a single place as required by the government. He said that it would have been wise for the government to consider buying the land portions wherever it is available until all the required acres are secured-URN (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at mulengeranews@gmail.com).

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