Local leaders in Bugisu want government to resettle landslide victims on 50,000 acres of land that Bulambuli district has offered to President Museveni to give to sugarcane investors.
The calls from the leaders stem from persistent landslides that have claimed several lives of people who live on the steep slopes of Mt. Elgon. The latest happened on Monday morning in Sisiyi Sub County, killing at least 30 people.
The Bulambuli District LC5 Chairperson, Simon Peter Wonanzofu recently offered President Yoweri Museveni 50,000 acres of land to give to investors to grow sugarcane.
But his deputy George Wamala says the land should instead be given to landless people who are facing the risk of being buried by the landslides from the slopes of the mountain.
Wamala says it’s illogical for the district to give out land to outsiders yet its own people are suffering from landslides.
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Wamala is backed by several other local leaders in Bugisu, who want government to buy land in Bulambuli district and distribute to hundreds of people facing the risk of being buried by landslides.
Meanwhile, the paramount chief of the Bamasaba, the Omukhuka Wilson Wamimbi has appealed to the Omukama Gafabusa Iguru of Bunyoro to help his subjects with land where they can resettle.
Wamimibi made the call on Tuesday after visiting the scene of the landslides in Bulambuli district. He says he will soon lead a team of local chiefs from Bugisu to Bunyoro to request the Omukama to help them with land where the landslide victims can be resettled.
Omukhuka Wamimbi says he is particularly interested in resettling the youths who can easily adapt to the environment outside Bugisu.
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Nabende Wamoto, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner says government may consider using force to relocate people from the landslide prone areas. He says in the past some people refused to relocate to Kiryandongo citing loss of their cultural heritage in case they are resettled out of Bugisu.
More than 30,000 people are in urgent need of relocation from the landslide prone Mt. Elgon slopes.