Emmanuel Wakibi, the district councilor representing Bushiribo Sub County, said the purpose of the project was to serve people uphill of Nabweya who did not have access to water. “The people uphill are still suffering but am surprised that pipes are only in the lower area leaving the people who were supposed to be the main beneficiaries of the project,” he said.
The police had earlier arrested one of their colleagues identified as Mubakari Kuloba who was found carrying two passengers on his motorcycle. But in the process of evading arrest, Kuloba lost control and knocked a tree, leaving him with injuries, which sparked the protest.
Gerald Fungo, the chairman of Bumasa Village says that a number of people are still buried in the soggy ground, and can hardly be accessed due to the shortage of personnel and equipment. The tragedy follows a heavy downpour that lasted up to five hours, on Tuesday.
Bududa District Chairperson Wilson Watila who said that many of those affected were left hopeless, with no shelter, no clothing, no food and no household items. He said that the disaster committee has recommended that those without relatives be hosted in nearby mosques, churches and schools.