The houses were constructed by the Office of the Prime Minister to relocate hundreds of households from the disaster-prone districts of Bududa, Manafwa, Sironko, Bulambuli, and Namisindwa. Each unit, sitting on one acre of land, has two bedrooms each, a sitting room and a kitchen.
Houses that were given to residents within the Bunambutye
Resettlement Camp in Bulambuli district have developed cracks. According to leaders in the camp, over 50 houses have
developed cracks that put the lives of occupants at risk.
The houses were constructed by the Office of the Prime Minister to relocate hundreds of households from the disaster-prone districts of Bududa, Manafwa,
Sironko, Bulambuli, and Namisindwa. Each unit, sitting on one acre of land, has two bedrooms each, a
sitting room and a kitchen.
But some of the houses have been abandoned forcing the owners to seek refuge in the neighbourhood. According to residents,
others have since gone back to where they came from. The resident in the camp says that the cracking could have been caused by a poor mixture of
sand and cement, and they fear that the units could collapse anytime.
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According to construction engineers, such cracks are caused by natural calamity, soil failure, construction faults, improper design, and inadequate joints. The buildings sometimes crack, as a result of temperature variations, moisture changes and chemical actions which eventually destroys the wall
integrity and affect the safety and durability of the structure.
Peter Peks Pak, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner blamed
the cracks on the soil texture in the area and that the cracks were expected by
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Wilson Wanasolo, the Chairperson of the resettlement camp
says that over 50 people have complained about the cracks in their houses. He has also reported the matter to the contractors, the
Uganda Police and Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Engineering Brigade.
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Julius Muchunguzi, the Senior Communications Officer in the
Office of the Prime Minister said that the houses now belong to the owners who now have the responsibility of keeping them in good
“The message that I want to convey to the people is that let
them take good care of those houses, they are their houses, they are not OPM
houses, let them maintain them and fix them when any issues come up,” he said.
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.