Nambeshe however, says the Office of the Prime Minister abandoned the plan and procured land in Bunambutye Sub County in Bulambuli district to construct houses for the resettlement of the landslide victims.
authorities are bitter with the office of the Prime Minister over the delayed relocation
of the people from landslide prone areas. They argue that the Disaster Preparedness
Ministry hasn’t done enough to ensure the safety of their people.
After the 2011 Nametsi
landslides, government set up an inter-ministerial committee and Cabinet
subcommittee chaired by the 1st Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali to
establish the population at high risk of landslides in Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa
and Bulambuli districts.
The committee resolved
to relocate 100,000 people believed to be at high risk of landslides and launched
a 10 year resettlement plan dubbed “Resettlement of landless persons and
persons at risk of landslides.” The plan
was supposed to be implemented in a phased manner with 10,000 people being
relocated every year.
John Baptist Nambeshe,
the Manjiya MP, says the committee agreed that the affected people resettled
within the district. He says the committees identified places within the low
lying areas like Bududa Town council, Bukigai Town council, Bunangaka town
council, Bubunji, Bunamubi, Busanza, Bulucheke, Bukali, Bukibobolo, Kuushu and
Bushilibo among others for the resettlement, a thing they unanimously agreed
Nambeshe however, says the Office
of the Prime Minister abandoned the plan and procured land in Bunambutye Sub
County in Bulambuli district to construct houses for the resettlement of the
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Early this year, the OPM relocated 98 families from landslide prone areas in
Bugisu and 50 from Bududa in particular to Bunambutye in the first phase.
120 families will be resettled in the next phase. It is unclear how long
it will take to relocate the more than 10,000 people who are at risk in Bududa
district given the recurrent disasters.
Nambeshe says they advised them to
compensate the affected people to allow them move like it has happened in other
areas in vain.
He says the relocation plan by the OPM is very slow yet the
number they are supposed to relocate is bigger.
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Wilson Watira, the Bududa District LC V chairperson, says the landslides have
become regular in the area, which requires government to use other methods to
resettle the affected people as opposed to the resettlement plan.
He said the
approach of giving people money to find themselves is cheap, more effective and
will expedite the relocation to save people’s lives.
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Geoffrey Natubu, the Bududa District Speaker told URN that the district council
passed a resolution to relocate people through urbanization but OPM didn’t listen
and went ahead to implement their own plan, which has stalled.
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The Bududa Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Samson Natsambu, says that over
40,000 people in Bududa district are on the verge of experiencing landslides as
many hills have developed cracks.
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Efforts to talk to the OPM Spokesperson, Julius Muchunguzi were futile as his
known mobile phone number was unavailable.
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.