ADJUMANI. The first deputy Prime Minister of Uganda, Gen. Moses Ali has accused the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) implementing agencies operating in Adjumani district of sectarianism in their recruitment exercises.

Gen. Ali said most implementing partners have sidelined members of the host community when it comes to recruitment.

He said some come with mere cleaners and receptionists from Kampala instead of giving the opportunity to the local people.

Ali made the remarks during the launch of the second phase of the multi-billion Paridi stadium construction project in Adjumani town over the weekend.

The event coincided with the commissioning of the facility’s first phase sports complex, toilets and the magnificent dressing room.

During the function, Gen Ali warned UNHCR implementing agencies to also consider the host community when allocating jobs in the district, lest he deals with them.

Meanwhile the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Kameda Kazuiki said the government of Japan through its international cooperation agency, JICA is committed to supporting the over 200,000 refugees mainly from Southern Sudan and the host community in Adjumani district.

He said because of the unique hospitality accorded to the refugees by the host community in Adjumani, JICA through the government of Japan decided to fund the first and second phase of the stadium and advised the local leaders of Adjumani to maximize the use of the facility.

Kazuiki, however, cautioned the district leadership against reckless use of the stadium.

He noted that the burden of maintaining the stadium lies in the hands of the custodian (the district leadership) that should never expect future funding for operations.

The second phase of the stadium is expected to include; the pavilion, tuffing of the football pitch, running tracks and facilities for other games.

Ms Mahoua Parums, the UNHCR deputy country representative in Uganda commended the government of Uganda for making friendly policies that enable refugees to move freely, access employment opportunities, education and recreational space.

She said the hospitality accorded by the host community has helped to strengthen the refugee – host community relationship.

Parums appealed to the youth from both the host community and refugee camps to own the facility and use it to develop their talents.