ISINGIRO DISTRICT CHAIRMAN AT IT AGAIN, MINISTER ONEK WARNS TO ARREST HIM ON FEB.10, 2017 OVER REFUGEES LAND
By Okoodi Deo
A disagreement between security officials and district chairman
Isingiro has erupted over a threat to grab and redistribute part of
Nakivale refugee settlement land to the local people.
JerimayaKamurari the district boss put several announcements on the
radio calling on locals in his area of jurisdiction to join him in an
operation he code-named operation Nakivale Nzima on 10th Feb. 2017 in
order to open up a clear boundary line separating refugee settlement
land and that of the locals in area.
The threat forced the minister for relief, disaster preparedness and
refugees Hillary Onek to write to the chairman on 31st Jan. 2017,
threatening him with arrests should he continue with the planned
operation and direct Rwizi region police commander (RPC) to ensure
that law and order is strictly observed in regard to the matter.
In a security meeting held at Kityaza market, Kashumbasub county in
Isingiro district, the RPC Walugembe Robert reminded the district
chairman that this government is well governed and warned him that
police and army are ready to deal with anyone who attempts to do
anything contrary to the constitution
Major Charles Lwanga the UPDF second division intelligence officer
said the planned operation is in bad faith intended to draw bad blood
between the locals and refugees and assured the chairman any
instrument he intends to use in this operation will not defeat the gun
But Kamurari who said he ready to face any kind of harsh condition
insists that his mission is not about grabbing and redistributing the
land as alleged by security officials but to create a clear boundary
line so as to put conflicts between the locals and the administration
of the refugee settlement land to rest
Kamurari added that he is aware of the UN convention on protection of
refugees and that of UN charter of human rights and cannot declare war
between refugees and nationals.
There about 120.000 refugees settling currently on the over
70 square mile land
Chairman LC5 Kamaurari is not far from controversies in the name of protecting his voters. He opened all the cattle markets in the district after some big shots in the district closed them for over 10 years. he was arrested and released and the markets are all working.