Bundibugyo IDPs Refuse to Return Home

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Several families that were displaced during the ADF insurgency in Bundibugyo have refused to return to home even after the end of the war.

Most of the displaced families are from Bumandu, Busaru, Ntandi and Ntororoto.

In 2002 when the war ended some of the families returned to their homes but others remained in the town.

Currently there are 200 people who are still living in the camp in Bundibugyo town council.

The sanitary conditions are poor, the quality of the structures are also poor causing over crowding.

Two or three families share a two roomed house.

There are no latrines at the camp. They use polythene bags to dispose off human excreta, which they throw in the roads of Bundibugyo town.

Some of them use the toilets at the district headquarters.

Rashida Kaliisa, who has been at the camp since 1997, says that she has no plans of going back to her village in Kihongo in Busaru Sub County because she is used to town life.

Kaliisa, who earns a living by selling local brew Tonto, says that there are no health facilities in her village and the roads are bad.

Bernard Baluku says that he can not go back to the village because he has no where to stay.

Baluku who earns a living by working as a casual laborer in Bundibugyo town says that he lacks money to construct his house which was destroyed by the rebels.

Benezeri Mbusa, the Senior Health Inspector Bundibugyo district says that the structures in the town are affecting the water and sanitation programme of the town council.

Mbusa says that they are planning to forcefully evict the people from the structures before the end of this year.

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Robert Mpabaisi, the LC 3 Chairman Bundibugyo town council says that they plan to construct shops on the land.

The shops will be rented out and will generate local revenue for the town council.