Two donor agencies were left stranded and angry over the weekend after officials from the Office of the Prime minister (OPM) and World Food Program rejected their donation of food items worth Shs 100 million.
The food items weighing 17.5 tonnes were to be distributed to South Sudanese refugees.
The consignment which included posho and beans had been supplied by Aramaic Relief International through World Action Fund to refugees in Bidibidi settlement.
The OPM officials led by the deputy settlement commandant Christopher Angualia, argued that the food items had not been tested by their farms to meet the required standards, asking the donors to provide certificates of approval.
The executive director of World Action Fund (WAF), Peter Odama, said permission to deliver the food items to the vulnerable refugee children in the settlement had been granted by the OPM Kampala office but the responsible officers in the settlements failed to act.
The food items were then distributed to the hosting communities of Lugbari near Mvepi settlement in Odupi Sub-county in Arua district and others in Romogi and Apo Sub-counties of Yumbe district.
Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Yumbe district is currently hosting about 300,000 South Sudanese refugees fleeing unrest in their motherland and receives about 3,000 daily though authorities have stopped receiving new entrants in the camp and re-opened Imvepi in Arua district
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