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Gov’t Committed to Improve Refugees Living Standards – Rugunda

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has said government is trying everything possible to elevate living conditions of refugees and their host communities in Uganda.

“It is true what these conditions have been described as, and that is why government is doing everything possible to improve the conditions in those areas,” he said.

The Premier was responding to queries raised by Hon. Betty Aol Ochan the leader of opposition.

While speaking on the floor of parliament, Ochan inquired how government intends to deflate pressure on social service infrastructure that has largely been caused by influx of persons of flight.

On a locus visit to refugee hosting districts of Kamwenge and Hoima, Ochan says she was startled to come across an under-stocked medical facilities and overwhelmed school.

“In Kamwenge, one of the health Centres outside refugee settlements you find 4 to 5 children on a hospital bed… One of the schools I found in Hoima, with about 9 classrooms hosting 7,000 children” she said.

The MP urged authorities to come clean on the exact monies it received at the Refugee solidarity conference that was held at Munyonyo two years ago.

Specifically, Ochan says out of the USD 350 million received, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) only talk about USD 15 million.

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On his part, Dr Rugunda clarified that only USD 15 million was apportioned to the Ugandan government with the rest going to refugee related development programs.

“Instead of giving this money to Uganda Government, they paid it specifically for project development. Government knows how the money was used and was involved”, Rugunda reaffirms.

Dr Rugunda reaffirmed nonetheless that plans were in place to amend procurement to solve gaps cited by the LOP.

Uganda is home to 1.25 million refugees making it the largest refugee hosting country in Africa.

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