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Onek Accuses Lamwo Officials of Sharing Refugee Cash

Jessica Ababiku, the Presidential Affairs Committee Chairperson tasked the Minister to avail the list of all the affected districts, how much they are getting and the list of officials misusing the funds among others.
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The Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hillary Onek has accused Lamwo district officials of sharing Shillings 600 million meant for social economic development in the refugee hosting district.

He disclosed this while before the Presidential Affairs Committee of parliament on Friday.  Onek said refugee hosting districts are misusing the money disbursed to them by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since it sent directly into their accounts.

According to Onek, UNHCR sends the money to support refugee the development of refugee hosting communities. He however, says the local leaders in Lamwo shared Shillings 650 million that was disbursed to them last year in form of allowances and administration and not a single coin went to residents.

 

According to Onek, Lamwo hosts over 30,000 refugees. He says they are working on ensuring a full accountability of the funds in all the 12 refugee hosting districts. He says UNHCR has been giving money to the districts ranging between Shillings 500million to 1 billion but it is being abused.

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Jessica Ababiku, the Presidential Affairs Committee Chairperson tasked the Minister to avail the list of all the affected districts, how much they are getting and the list of officials misusing the funds among others.

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Attempts by URN to get a comment from John Ogwok Komakech, the Lamwo district chairperson were futile as his phone went unanswered. Uganda hosts more than 1.4 million refugees, majority coming in from war torn South Sudan.

Currently, there is a massive influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic arising from the Ituri Province conflict. There are also negotiations between Uganda and Israel to bring in 500 Eritrean and Sudan refugees.

The refugee management has however been marred with irregularities ranging from corruption, theft of food items, and overstated number of refugees among others. Four officials from the Office of the Prime Minister handling the refugee situation have been interdicted in regards to the mismanagement.