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Gov't's Plan to Re-settle Displaced People Around Lake Kyoga Yet to Kick off

In September last year, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja instructed Kayunga district local government to work closely with her office to conduct a valuation of the land hosting the affected households so as to purchase it.
Kyedikyo camp where majority of residents displaced by floods round Lake Kyoga stay.

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The government's plan to resettle the people displaced by floods in Kayunga district resulting from the rising water levels in Lake Kyoga is yet to make any headway.

The floods displaced more than 2000 people mainly from Ntimba and Kawongo, Kampatanya, and Kyendiko landing sites in Galiraya sub-county after submerging their gardens and houses. The affected households pitched camp on land belonging to Harriet Namaganda, which they named Kyedikyo camp.

In September last year, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja instructed Kayunga district local government to work closely with her office to conduct a valuation of the land hosting the affected households so as to purchase it.

However, Kitaka Sserwadda, the chairperson of Kyedikyo camp, says that neither the prime minister nor the district officials have returned to survey the land. He also notes that nobody has briefed them on the progress of the promises made.

According to Sserwadda, the landlord stopped them from building houses of more than one room or till the land before the government pays for it, which is affecting hygiene.

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Peter Mukasa, who is running a three-class primary school in the camp, says that they are unable to sustain learners for many hours since they are always hungry and lack sanitary facilities. Ruth Mbabazi, the Secretary for Women in the Camp, says that their failure to construct a house of more than one room has fueled immorality in the camp.

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Kayunga District LC V Chairperson, Andrew Muwongem says that as a district their role is to remind the Office of the Prime Minister, which they have done. He notes that the entire process of securing land for permanent settlement is handled by the OPM. Julius Mucunguzi, the OPM Spokesperson appeals for calm, saying that the plans to buy land are underway. 

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URN established that the OPM had plans of buying the land in phases. When the Prime Minister visited the area, she noted that they intend to at least secure land in phases starting with 300 acres. We also established that the current landlord wants to sell the entire block measuring one square mile (640 acres).  

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