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Bunambutye Resettlement Camp Hit by Food, Water Crisis

Officials from the OPM allocated an acre of land to the families instead of the two which they had earlier been promised. However, the land was taken away from the victims in exchange for 100,000 Shillings each month, despite growing food on the land. Wilson Wanansolo, the chairperson of the resettlement camp says that the land was allocated to Bunambutye Health center which is currently under construction.
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The Bunambutye Resettlement camp in Bunambutye Sub County, Bulambuli district has been hit by a food and water crisis.    

The camp was set up by the Office of the Prime Minister for hundreds of households from the disaster-prone districts of Bududa, Manafwa, Sironko, Bulambuli, and Namisindwa.

The government has so far resettled about 300 families from landslide-prone districts within the Bugisu sub-region in 2019 and 2020.

The food scarcity has affected mainly victims who were relocated to the camp in the first phase of resettlement while the water crisis has hit those in the second phase. 

According to leaders in the camp, there is no water supply forcing the victims to move long distances in search of water.

Officials from the OPM allocated an acre of land to the families instead of the two which they had earlier been promised. However, the land was taken away from the victims in exchange for 100,000 Shillings each month, despite growing food on the land.

Wilson Wanansolo, the chairperson of the resettlement camp says that the land was allocated to Bunambutye Health center which is currently under construction.

According to Wanasolo, the lack of land has left the victims starving since they don’t have what to eat.

//Cue in “Bali nfee…  

Cue out:…Bali leba RDC”// 

Wanansolo also says that the camp has lacked water for five months. He adds that there is a need for an increase in water reservoirs for consistent and adequate water flow and supply within the camp.

//Cue in: “Chila kulomba…  

Cue out:…mu phase two”// 

Joseph Wodyoba, one of the victims who were resettled in the second phase says that victims are struggling to access water within the camp. He says that hand washing, one of the measures to control the spread of Covid-19 has been abandoned due to water scarcity.  

Wodyoba who has 15 children also noted that they last received food in November. According to Wodyoba, some victims are forced to return to their homes in search of food. 

  //Cue in “Nga corona agwile… 

Cue out:….bagule bufu kudye”//     

Stanley Simuya, another victim says that sent back his children to Bududa because he lacks what to feed them.  Simuya says that since last year, they have not been given food.

  //Cue in: “Phase one nzala…

  Cue out:…biliyo kumoni”//     

Fabian Wamai, says that after the land was taken away, they were promised to be compensated with five bags of maize flour and three bags of beans, which has not been fulfilled. 

//Cue in “Gwe kataano… 

Cue out:…Banandya buli”//  

The Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner, Peter Paks Peke said that victims whose gardens were destroyed to pave way for construction of the health center will be compensated.

  //Cue in: “We have the list of… Cue out:…with phase two”//    

Julius Mucunguzi, the Senior Communication Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister says that the government phased out the supply of food since it was not supposed to be a permanent venture.  He adds that the victims were informed that the food supply would be cut down in phases to allow self-reliance.         

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