YUMBE. The outgoing Bidibidi refugee settlement commandant has urged members of the community to always be supportive to refugees.

Mr Robert Baryamwesiga made the appeal during his farewell party at Bidibidi base camp in Yumbe district on Monday.

Baryamwesiga who has been transferred to Kyaka ll refugee settlement is being replaced by Mr David Mugenyi, the former commandant of Kyaka ll refugee settlement camp in Kyegegwa district.

"Bidibidi is a reflection of what Uganda is and we are a reflection of the united spirit of humanity that we open our hands, resources and that is why the community should give what they have to embrace the suffering of refugees," Baryamwesiga appealed.

"What I have achieved in Bidibidi is too much to make me innovative. Change is very important that a new person comes in with new insight, vision, direction and have more decision so that what I have achieved here can also be achieved elsewhere," he added.

Baryamwesiga said infrastructure has been his main issue in Bidibidi and since it has been put right, his successor can now focus on protection and other areas.

He appreciated the implementing partners and the local government for their team spirit during the time he had in Bidibidi.

Baryamwesiga said it is very hard to find a united team like he had in Bidibidi and urged all the stakeholders to do the same to the incoming commandant.

Mr Sunday Anyole, an official from CEFORD who represented the partners said the outgoing commandant made them cooperate and work as a team.

"I’m very humbled to the outgoing commandant for making Bidibidi what it's today. All the achievements in the settlement are due to his efforts and we shall continue to seek guidance from him even if he will be far away from here," he said.

Meanwhile Mr Jafar Akasio, the head of UNHCR sub office Yumbe said it was a tough moment for them when Bidibidi refugee settlement was newly opened in 2016 but with Baryamwesiga’s coming, they were in position to achieve a lot.

Mr Richard Andama, the resident district commissioner (RDC) said there is an element of brilliance in the outgoing commandant, adding that the legacy he has left in Yumbe should be appreciated.

"The legacy someone leaves should be physically reflected and I pray that the district council takes it up and name Yumbe-Bidibidi road in his name," he said.

He noted that the security of Bidibidi and Yumbe in general is guaranteed and they shall work round the clock to ensure that the refugees, host community and the workers in the settlement are fully protected.

"We are engaging the army and the police to have constant surveillance to ensure that there is absolute peace and security in Yumbe because anything can happen at any time since we are near the Uganda-South Sudan border," Abdala said.

Bidibidi settlement is a home to 289,000 South Sudan refugees with five zones covering the sub counties of Romogi, Ariwa, Kululu, Odravu and Kochi.