- Over 119,000 South Sudan refugees are hosted in Palorinya settlement in Palorinya Sub County in Obongi County.
- Obongi County has been approved to become a district in July this year
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo– The controversy over money meant for refugees is splitting the leaders of Moyo and Obongi County.
The split over who takes the resources has now forced the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng Hillary Onek to direct the Chief Administrative Officer, to channel the money to Obongi county because it hosts the refugees in Palorinya settlement.
A letter dated March 6 by Minister Onek stated that: “All the funds meant for refugee hosting districts previously allocated to vote 539 (Moyo district) must now be allocated to Vote 629 (Obongi district) since Moyo district no longer host refugees.”
He added that: “In addition of funds for refugee hosting district in the financial year 2019/2020 under district discretionary development equalization grant under the program of USMID a mistake was made whereby Shs 3.5 billion was allocated to Moyo district and this should be reversed to Obongi district vote 629.”
Obongi County Member of Parliament, Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, confirmed that the money which is allocated for next financial year the first phase starting was allocated under Moyo district local government instead of Obongi district.
“If it is not done well handled, we are going to court because the law says refugees hosting districts and for Palorinya refugee settlement which is within Obongi district come July, 2019. We have informed our lawyers there will be a battle between Moyo and Obongi if this matter is not reversed as directed by the minister.”
The LCV Chairman of Moyo, Anyama Williams, the Moyo district Chairman said: “There is clear guidelines provided by the ministry of local government about transition system from one district to another in terms of human resource, financing, donor support and many others.”
“If Moyo, Adjumani and Obongi district benefits there is no harm but this issue being raised are just political wrangling aimed at glorifying one person to appear the only concerned citizen who minds about his people with irrelevant argument that is not supported by thinking,” he said.
Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the state Minister for Primary Health care and Moyo District Woman Member of Parliament said the issue of refugee hosting should not bring fight between the people of Obongi and Moyo district.
“Last time refugees were here, Moyo district was black painted as a result bad reports were sent to Geneva. When refugees return to their country, we will remain here and Moyo people are peace lovers not for war with people of Obongi,” Dr Moriku said.