- The people of Obongi have instructed UNHCR and other donors to stop wasting money on the proposed construction of the UNHCR offices in West Moyo County using REHOPE funds
- The district leaders said the concerns of the people of Obongi will be addressed
- Palorinya settlement has been used for hosting South Sudan refugees since early 1990s
- Last year, during Obongi day celebrations, the South Sudan refugees called on UNHCR to improve service delivery in Obongi and Palorinya because they have cordial relationship with the host communities
By Amacha Goli
Moyo-The aggrieved residents of Obongi county led by the area MP Hassan Fungaro yesterday submitted a petition to the office country office of the UN Refugee Agency over what they termed as marginalization in the allocation of developments projects.
The project under the emergency and development programs funded by UNHCR, government of Uganda and other donors in the refugee’s response operations in Moyo district.
The eight-page petition was handed over to Moyo RDC, Toko Swaib, during a tense meeting held at Obongi town council grounds where the area MP told key members of the district committee including the DISO Apiliga Moses, Regional Police Commander North West Nile Bob Kagarura and UPDF sector commander for Yumbe and Moyo that, the people of Obongi are ready for a protracted protest if UNHCR and government does not yield to their demands.
UNHCR has also been advised to relocate its field office to Obongi county because the refugees in Moyo district have all been settled in Obongi County which is on the verge of attaining district status in 2019.
The North West Nile region Police commander, Bob Kagarura, appealed to the people of Obongi and MP Fungaro to always report issues of public concern to the district security committee for appropriate action.
He said whenever there is a problem, leaders should not mobilize the populace for demonstration for Injustice somewhere is injustice anywhere.
The Moyo RDC, Swaib Toko, has advised the people of Obongi to have faith in government and since they will forward the grievances to government for action.