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Bududa District Chairperson Cautions Against Politicizing Relief Supply

Watira says that many people are taking advantage of the disasters to Bududa to hype their political interests. Some, Hijack items donated by the government and personalize them, he said, adding that several others claim that the items are sent to the area as a result of their lobbying.
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Bududa District Chairperson Wilson Watira has warned organizations and individuals against politicking the distribution of relief items to victims of recent landslides in the area.    

Watira says that many people are taking advantage of the disasters to Bududa to hype their political interests. Some, Hijack items donated by the government and personalize them, he said, adding that several others claim that the items are sent to the area as a result of their lobbying.  

Watira was speaking at Bushika Secondary School during the delivery of relief items to the landslide victims by the Uganda Red Cross Society, on Sunday. 

The Uganda Red Cross Society delivered items like saucepans, plates, tarpaulins and blankets to over 120 families which were displaced by landslides on December 3. The landslides hit the villages of Naposhi, Shikhururwe and Namasa in Bushika Sub County and Naroko in Bunabutiti Sub-county. More than 30 people lost their lives in a disaster that displaced 300 families.    

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Watira also called upon the government to expedite the relocation plan for Landslide victims saying that the delays are subjecting many families to untold suffering.   

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Ibrahim Ssenyonga, the Red Cross National Disaster Response Relief Officer for Eastern Region says that the relief they delivered is aimed at seeing people have a better life after disasters. 

Ssenyonga also reiterated the call for an expeditious relocation of victims to a safer place but hastened to add that the government needs to review the approach and instead give people money to acquire land in places of their choice so that they can quickly leave the disaster-prone areas.

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The victims who received the relief told Uganda Radio Network that they are still struggling to cope with life in the places they are living.  Many of these have pitched camp in the nearby Churches and schools while others are being hosted by relatives and friends.    

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