By Isaac Mugera

The Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng. Hillary Onek has reassured communities in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, in Kikuube District that government is fully committed to ensuring their safety and security amidst the current threats and land conflicts in the area.

The Minister made this assurance during a meeting with the residents and local leaders of Kyangwali Sub Country and Kikuube District at at kasonga Primary School on 11th January 2019.

Hon. Minister, Hillary Onek, shares a light moment with leaders and residents of Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, after the meeting to address issues of land grabbing and insecurity.

The Minister’s reassurance followed continued complaints from these residents that a group of community members opposing the resettlement exercise are threatening to harm them accusing them of collaborating with government.

The residents told the Minister that a number of houses with in the camp were recently burnt down by these wrong elements and the victims are now homeless.

Minister Onek told the residents that security has been beefed up with more Police and UPDF personnel deployed to ensure safety of lives and property in the area. Minister Onek also introduced the various commanders of the deployed Police and UPDF Units to confirm to the residents that their security in now guaranteed.

The residents informed the Minister that all the security problems arise from the illegal schemes by some influential people in the local District leadership to grab this land. They said that these people connive with central government technical officials on ground to sabotage the resettlement exercise so that they can grab the land meant for resettlement.

Minister Onek assured the people that government is committed to investigating any allegations of land grabbing, and all those involved will face the arm of the law. He also urged the people to desist from blaming every problem on OPM as an office. He said that OPM is a huge office with hundreds of employees, some of whom may be indiscipline, and should be blamed as individuals. He warned that after the investigations, any staff under OPM found responsible for land problems in Kyangwali will be prosecuted.