East Africa: The government of the republic of Japan contributed 9.8 US million dollars equivalent to 36 billion shillings to the government of Uganda, to support the endeavors towards refugees, Covid-19 response to the host communities and border security.
Uganda tops the African refugee hosting countries with more than 1.45 million refugees and asylum seekers from neighboring countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda among others.
The contribution was delivered to the minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees in Uganda Hon. Hillary Onek and the United Nation (UN) representative in Uganda Rosa Malango by Japanese ambassador in Uganda Hidemoto Fukuzawa .
However Minister Onek lost his temper when Malanga appreciated the Japanese government and said that the money is going to be used to purchase food from other countries, to feed the refugees especially the children and women. Onek asked why they purchased food from other countries yet Ugandan farmers grow a lot of food.
Malango replied and said that the locally food is of poor quality. Onek who was furious stated that if the locally food is of poor quality let them take the refugees to those countries with good quality food.
“I will discuss this with my cabinet colleagues and we’re going to cause, no procurement of food from outside Uganda by the world Food Program (WFP) let the money remain here”. He said.
Uganda is the one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the word with more than 10 refugee settlements with over 1,450,000 refugees , some of the settlements include Bidi Bidi, Kyangwali, Nakivale,Kiryandongo, Rwamwanja, Rhino, Kyaka II and others .