By Ambrose Kweronda
State Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Esther Davina Anyakun might have been misled, regarding funds meant for the restoration of public infrastructure affected by Refugees in Kisoro district, investigations have revealed.
The state minister, who also doubles as the Nakapiripirit Woman Member of Parliament, while in Kisoro district earlier this month, implied that the district leadership received a total of 85 million shillings meant for the rehabilitation of all infrastructure that was broken down by Congolese asylum seekers.
According to Hon. Anyakun, the district received the money and needs to account to the people of Kisoro.
“The office of the Prime Minister, during the 28th of March 2022 influx got 85 million shillings to make sure we take care of rehabilitation of all the infrastructure that was broken down. We are talking about classrooms, pit latrines, market structures, benches, desks that were lit fire by the refugees to keep warm. We gave the money to the district; the district has to account to the people of Kisoro“, Anyakun stressed
The Minister’s comments that day, shocked district leadership present, with many claiming not to know anything about ‘OPM funds’ sent to the district.
Most shocked of all was Minister Anyakun, who had hoped to find Kisoro district LCV chairperson Abel Bizimana, only to discover he was out of the district attending a key stakeholders meeting.
Bizimana’s decision to criticize a government policy of closing the Nyakabande Holding Camp rubbed Hon. Anyakun and the entire Refugee Ministry the wrong way.
Bizimana continues to be adamant, saying he will not apologize to the Refugee Ministry nor to the Minister herself, despite pleas of leniency, made on his behalf by the district Speaker Amos Hakizimana.
Bizimana’s stance and growing ambition to one day become a Member of Parliament for Bufumbira East Constituency has since won some adoration from his electorate.
Kisoro district Vice chairperson Alex Ndayambaje while speaking today morning with our reporter says, despite the district chairperson’s absence on that very day, the Minister was misinformed about the whereabouts of the OPM funds.
According to Ndayambaje, the district did not receive any money from OPM, in fact, the entire process of choosing a contractor was done and completely by the Office of the Prime Minister