The Bududa District leadership has declared the landslide
site in Bushika sub county a mass grave.
Landslides hit Bushika sub county on December 3rd and swept away three villages of Namasa, Shikhururwe and Naposhi displacing
over 200 families and left over 40 people dead.
Efforts to recover the bodies of the people who were buried
during the landslides have been ongoing for the last two weeks. Last week 26 bodies were retrieved.
According to Wilson Watira, the Bududa district LCV
Chairperson, bodies of the recovered people were identified and handled over to their relatives for burial.
“For the last three weeks we have been trying to excavate
bodies of people who were missing. We managed to retrieve some bodies and we
have now stopped the excavation but 21 people are unaccounted for,” said Watira.
He said the district council resolved that the remaining
people be buried in a mass grave to allow people settle down and stop camping
at the site every day with anticipation to find their relatives yet it has
become impossible to get any other person.
“We decided that the place be turned into a burial ground and
that no person should be left to live there. In future we hope the place will
become a tourist attraction,” he added.
Simaya Mabuko, the Bushika sub county district Councilor
welcomed the idea of gazzeting the area into a mass grave. He said this will also help the people know where their
relatives were buried.
“That place should have a monument and no activity should be
done there to allow people who lost their relatives to visit it at any time of
their choice,” he noted. The district authorities have decided to hold a memorial mass for those that died diring the landslide early next month.
Bureau Chief Elgon/Bukedi
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.