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Low Cost Houses for Acholi Chiefs Dilapidated

The two-bedroom houses with a sitting room, kitchen, servants' quarters and a store that were built out of hydra foam bricks have now become inhabitable as their ceilings, windows, walls, veranda and roofs have run-down.
One of the 54 low cost housing units built by Government for clan chiefs in Acholi - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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The low-cost housing units constructed by Government for 54 clan chiefs in Acholi are dilapidated.

The two-bedroom houses with a sitting room, kitchen, servants' quarters and a store that were built out of hydra foam bricks have now become inhabitable. The ceilings, windows, walls, veranda and roofs have run-down.

Rwot Jimmy Ocan Luwala of Puranga clan in Omoro District said while it was a good gesture by government to build decent accommodation, the houses are in an appalling state. 

//Cue in: Acholi “Ot ma gamente...

Cue out ….dok ki rocci.”//

Rwot Peter Oola Ojigi II of Alokolum clan in Nwoya District disclosed that his house has developed several cracks posing serious threats to the occupants.

//Cue in: Acholi “Odi wa...

Cue out ….pe obedo maber.”//

Rwot Alex Odokonyero Opige P'Obol III of Paicho clan in Gulu argues that the houses have become very porous which is a clear indication of shoddy work at the time of construction.

//Cue in: Acholi “Kit ineno ma.....

Cue out ….goro li enoni.”//

Ambrose Olaa, the Prime Minister of the Acholi Cultural Institution divulged that they have informed the Government for possible intervention.

//Cue in: Acholi “Kit ineno ma.....

Cue out ….goro li enoni.”//

In 2008, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed the construction of the houses as resettlement gift for the chiefs at a cost of 40 million shillings per unit following his pledge during the 2006 campaigns.

The houses were built in the respective villages of the chiefs across the eight Acholi districts through the Office of the Prime Minister - OPM under Peace Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP) funding.

The accommodate was intended to aid the chiefs mobilize their subjects for rehabilitation and resettlement afterlife in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps following and to the two-decade-long Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.