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MP, Moyo Leaders Clash over Refugee Hosting District

Following the creation of Obongi District whose operations start on 1 July 2019, the refugees that are being settled in Palorinya in Itula Sub-County in Moyo District by geographical location of the settlement shall now be in Obongi District.
A sign post in part of Lama village proposed for Refugee settlement in Moyo district.

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 The rift between Moyo District leaders and Obongi County Member of Parliament over hosting refugees has persisted.

Following the creation of Obongi District whose operations start on 1 July 2019, the refugees that are being settled in Palorinya in Itula Sub-County in Moyo District by geographical location of the settlement shall now be in Obongi District.

This means the resources that Moyo District has been receiving for hosting refugee will be diverted to Obongi District. 

Some of the funds come from Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-Additional Funding-USMID AD fund worth over 3.5 billion shillings yearly.

Obongi County Member of Parliament Hassan Kaps Fungaroo says Moyo does not qualify to be called a refuge hosting District, citing the withdrawal of over 3.5 billion shillings from the vote of the District and diverting the money to Obongi.

The State Minister for Primary Health Care Doctor Joyce Moriku Kaducu has accused MP Fungaroo of betraying Moyo District in the Parliament.

According to Kaducu, Fungaroo on 30 April 2019 raised a matter of national importance that government stops allocating resources to Moyo District for hosting refugees come 1 July 2019 because then refugees would not be in Moyo District.

Kaducu, however, says government through Office of the Prime Minister has already taken a position to retain Moyo District as a refugee-hosting Districts by reopening Lama Refugee settlement in Moyo Sub-County.

Williams Anyama the Moyo District Local Government is happy that Lama Refugee settlement that at one time hosted refugees is to be reopened to settle refugees.

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Cue out: and sisters…// When tasked on the level of preparedness of the Office of the Prime Minister to settle refugees at Lama and how soon that would happen, Titus Jogo the Refugee Desk Officer for Adjumani operation area confirmed that they are making all the necessary preparations to settle

refugees at Lama starting from the 1 June 2019.

According to Jogo, they receive between 1,000 and 1,500 refugees on weekly basis and therefore the need to reopen Lama Settlement.

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The head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees sub-office in Moyo District Theresa Ongaro says UNHCR disassociates itself from any political utterances that do not represent the views of the Agency.

Some of the residents however condemned the politicians for quarreling over issues of refugees who have taken refuge in the District against their will.