By Racheal Nakassi
The prime minister of Uganda, Rt.Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda on Friday launched the USD.50M development response to displacement impact project (DRDIP) aimed at supporting refugee host communities in 11 districts in the country with support from the world bank.
While launching the programme at Mukole primary school in Kamwenge district will see host communities in the districts of Kamwenge, Kyegegwa, Isingiro, Hoima, Lamwo, Adjumani, Arua among others benefit from the support.
At the launch, the prime minister rubbished reports raised by a section of Ugandans, that government favors refugees at the expense of its citizens.
DRDIP director, Mr. Bafaki Charles says, they are soon sending another proposal to the world bank to call for a loan mounting to over USD.87M supplement the current USD.5M so as to fully run the planned programmes and also totally transform host communities which have for so long been left out by donor, relief agencies and government itself.
The project covers infrastructure development like construction of roads, schools, health centers, safe water sources, saving the environment by restoring the wasted echo system in the host districts among others and will run for five years.