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Kisoro Residents Demand Clearance to Harvest Food in DRC

Allan Mugisha, a resident of Bunagana in Muramba Sub County says that before an order for the border closure, they had grown Irish Potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize and beans in their gardens in DR Congo ready for harvesting.
19 Apr 2020 11:49

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Residents of Kisoro district are demanding for permission to cross to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and harvest their crops from the gardens.

Last month President Yoweri Museveni ordered for the closure of borders closure as one of the preventive measures against coronavirus pandemic.

However, communities in Muramba and Busanza sub-counties argue that they own gardens in DRC inherited from their grandparents. 

Allan Mugisha, a resident of Bunagana in Muramba Sub County says that before the border was closed, they had grown Irish Potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize and beans in their gardens in DR Congo ready for harvesting.

Mugisha says that following the border closure, they are unable to cross to harvest their crops.

He wants the authorities to allow them to cross to Congo and harvest the crops.

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Emmanuel Bibusa, LCI Chairperson for Kanombe village in Gisozi parish, Muramba Sub County says that they are starving due to lack of food.

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Captain Peter Mugisha, Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that it is impossible to allow the affected locals to cross to DRC.

Mugisha urges the residents to bear with the current situation until the lockdown is lifted.

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