Batwa Community Decry Isolation, Segregation By Locals

Batwa locals engage in dialogue. (FILE PHOTO)

Kisoro | Pepper News – The Batwa community living in the districts of Rubanda and Kisoro has petitioned government over the isolation of the local people in areas where they camped for residence after being evicted from the forests of Echuya and Bwindi.

Andrew Arinatwe, a teacher to the Batwa community says that they have over the years the Batwa been isolated by other communities that they live with who refer them to like animals and more so not uniting with them.

He adds that poverty is the major cause of this saying that even when a mutwa is killed, the case cannot be followed thus denying them Injustice.

Arinaitwe requests government to support and more so help them by making them be equal to anyone in the community.

Prossy Akampurira Begumisa Mbabazi, Rubanda District Woman MP who also doubles as the commissioner to Parliament calls upon people to embrace the Batwa community, further saying that Batwa people are friendly and can even provide trustable security.

Mbabazi says that government took up the issue of Batwa people and the state is going to secure money to solve their problems.

Moses Kamuntu the Rubanda County West Member of Parliament says that the issue of securing for the Batwa funds from the government to assist them set up homestead is in pipeline appealing to the government to at least take quick intervention.

Presiding over the function was the deputy speaker of Parliament of Uganda Thomas Tayebwa Bangirana pledged to back the Rubanda District Legislators about the Batwa issue on the floor of Parliament.

Tayebwa says that the government is set to embark on forcing people to wealthy asking them to always embrace government programs such as the parish development model

All this was during the fundraising towards the construction of a new church in Kacerere town council in Rubanda district where about 15 members of parliament from different constituencies of Uganda attended and a total of 66million shillings was collected.

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