Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda yesterday launched a number of World Bank funded projects that included construction of classroom blocks, blocks of stance drainable latrines and supply of furniture at Mukole Primary School in Kamwenge district.
These are funded under the World Bank’s Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP).
The program is geared toward enhancing access to basic social services, expanding economic opportunities and improving environmental management in refugee hosting communities.
The program is in response to concerns in host communities that locals tend to feel pressurized by refugees.
Rugunda said government secured US Dollars 50Million credit from World Bank to mitigate the impact hosting refugees and to maintain asylum space.
Dr. Rugunda says the first phase of the project has been completed in 11 districts of Adjumani, Arua, Hoima, Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kiryandongo, Koboko, Kyegegwa, Lamwo, Moyo and Yumbe.
“Refugees did not come to Uganda by choice but by condition; I urge the people of Kamwenge district to embrace the projects and continue to support the refugees,” he said
The Prime Minister also pledged two square miles of land to the people of Kamwenge who were displaced and their land occupied by refugees.
“Before the end of this year, you will be settled in your own land. My office has agreed to implement the resolution by the Cabinet to secure land to the people whose land was occupied by refugees.”
The function was also attended by ministers Frank Tumwebaze, Rosemary Sseninde Nansubuga and Kamwenge district chairperson Aggrey Natuhamya.