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Kajo-Keji MP calls for respect of returning IDPs

By Morris Dogga

A Member of Parliament representing Kajo-Keji County in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has called on the security forces to respect Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are currently visiting their homes in Kajo-Keji.

A survey conducted by the International Organization for Migration shows that 60 percent of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kajo-Keji are currently visiting their homes.

The majority of civilians ­fled their home areas towards the end of 2016 and early 2017 into Northern Uganda while others settled across three main areas forming spontaneous IDP sites.

Ajio, Kerwa and Logo all three sites are in Liwolo Payam of Kajo-Keji County and the IDPs are staying in an area separate from the local host community.

Taban called on the government and the opposition forces to respect the civilians. “I don’t want to hear more destruction and loss of lives in Kajo-keji,” said Taban.

He said the people who are visiting their homes should not be mistaken as rebels, adding that they should move freely and live a peaceful life.

“I call on the security forces especially from both SPLA and I-Os not to harass the people of Kajo-Keji so that they can settle and do their normal activities as they have done in the past,” he said.

Taban added that most people wanted to return to their original homes and cultivate.

According to the report, most of the IDPs intend to leave displaced camps for their original homes. Majority of them cite access to land and family reunification as the main push factors for wanting to leave the current IDPs settlements.

Other reasons include security, access to better services and rebuilding their shelter in their place of pre-displacement.

When asked about the factors that could have led to the improvement of the security situation in Kajo-keji, Taban said the church in Kajo-keji especially Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) has been conducting dialogue in Kajo-keji among the rival forces.

He said the dialogues are supplementing the National Dialogue. “Soon we will be going to the States and hopefully Kajo-Keji will be reached,” he said.

Taban said he would like to personally go to Kajo-keji to meet the people and discuss with them so that peace can return to Kajo-Keji.

He said it is very upsetting that relief assistance needed to be taken to the people of Kajo-keji because the people of Kajo-keji are capable of producing their own food which can feed them and their neighbors.

Taban appeals to humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to those who are in need since many of them are returning to an area where houses are burnt down. “No cultivation has been done in two seasons, they need fund and assistance to rebuild themselves,” he said.

“Otherwise what we need is security not relief because we can feed ourselves and even the neighbours,” he added.

He said the IDPs are also settling in Lima and Liteba, some areas of displaced people.

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