- The verandah is also broken and the floor have peeled off
- The house does not have ceilings and Ceni says it becomes too hot during dry seasons forcing them to relocate to the two grass thatched houses
- Tragedy befell the family of Ceni when a UPDF Antinov-2 heading to Nzara in South Sudan carrying Four soldiers
- Two Captains, One Major and a Warrant Officer Three European Pilot and co-Pilots that crashed on his house burning all the household items
Arua-The family of Jino Ceni, 56 whose house was burnt in December 2011 after a plane crashed on it now wants the UPDF to reconstruct the house.
At the time of the incident at Okuleamvuku village in Kubo parish Ayivuni Sub-county Arua district, the UPDF constructed a two roomed house for the family. But Mr Ceni says the UPDF soldiers used poor materials like immature Eucalyptus poles for roofing, poor mixture of cement and sand to construct the house.
When West Nile Press visited the place on Thursday afternoon, the roofs have been eaten by termites, the walls have peeled off and the roof leaks whenever it rains. “We cannot sleep comfortably in this house because whenever it rains, we have to shift to the grass thatched house because it leaks a lot. I need a new house because my house that was burnt, was comfortable though it was grass-thatched house.”
The Plane had taken off from Arua Airfield to deliver food supplies for the UPDF operations in Central African Republic. No family member was injured as they were not at home at the time of the incident.
Ceni said the UPDF used Shs 4 million to construct a ‘small’ house that would not accommodate his members. “I was only given Shs 6 million to buy the household items that got burnt. I want a new house because this one is a disgrace.”
The UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, Maj. Teresphor Tuhame, said that: “That was an accident and it was out of courtesy that we built for him a house so that he would return to his life. Ideally, houses depreciate because it has now taken some years. He can still contact those who built the house for a better explanation on the materials used.”
The family members also allege that their efforts to reach the UPDF through their area leaders and MP have yielded no fruits as they have ignored their plea.