The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has launched the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) in the districts of Kamwenge and Isingiro.
DRDIP is aimed at supporting and developing refugee hosting communities in districts experiencing a high burden of refugees.
The USD 50 million project is financed by the World Bank and it focuses on four major components of Infrastructure, Environment, Livelihoods and Project coordination.
The Prime Minister thanked the people of Kamwenge and Isingiro for supporting and taking care of the refugees, noting that no one chooses to be a refugee.
“Thank you for supporting the refugees because no one wants to be a refugee. By supporting the refugees, you are not only creating important networks but also creating a positive image for the Country,” Rugunda said.
The Premier said this project is in recognition of their contribution to supporting and hosting refugees.
He called for proper accountability of resources through proper supervision and monitoring of the project implementation.
“Watch out for the work being done to ensure that it is of good quality. Proper accountability will enable government to support the host communities by implementing more development projects in their districts,” the Premier said.
Dr Rugunda also thanked the leaders of the host communities for creating unity among the locals and the refugees.
The Minister of ICT and National guidance who is also the Member of Parliament for Kibale East county in Kamwenge District, Frank Tumwebaze thanked the government for the development projects being undertaken in Kamwenge District, including rural electrification and supply of safe and clean water in the area.
He also warned against shoddy work by the contractors who will be undertaking the projects in the districts.
The Minister of State for Primary Education, Rosemary Sseninde applauded DRDIP for prioritizing the construction of primary schools under the infrastructure component.
She said the Ministry of Education will support the Office of the Prime Minister to ensure that DRDIP has adequate resources for its successful implementation.
The Director DRDIP, Dr. Robert Limlim said DRDIP is a participatory development and community based project which will observe community demands and needs in its implementation process.
He however stressed that the project resources are meager compared to the burden faced by the host communities and thus called for prudent utilization of the resources.
Limlim also pledged to provide clear leadership and accountability during the implementation of the project.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
BY DOREEN NASASIRA