Tensions between Tooro Kingdom and local leaders in Ntoroko district escalated on Monday after kingdom officials were blocked from conducting a health camp in the district. Officials led by Dr Tito Beyeza, the Kingdom Health Minister, had gone to Rwebisengo Health Centre III to conduct a series of medical activities such as distribution of mosquito nets, free eye treatment, operations and HIV testing and counselling.
Timothy Kyamanywa, the Ntoroko District Chairperson says three months ago, they wrote to the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR to relocate the Congolese refugees to Kyaka II refugee camp in Kyegegwa district or return them home, but they have received no response.
Following persistent demands for burial land by residents, last year Kanara Sub County allocated 10 acres of its land to the residents to bury their dead. However before the land could be used for burial purposes the residents have instead encroached on it.
The more than 700 refugees who fled the fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo in September are camped at Budiba Primary School Play ground. They are surviving on a cup of porridge, posho and beans, supplied to them by the good Samaritans in the area.
In 2010, Bundibugyo district embarked on the construction of three classroom blocks in two schools and one laboratory at a cost of 500 million shillings. However, construction work stopped months later after Ntoroko was granted a district status and it split from Bundibugyo.