The Bamba-Babwisi people occupied about 125 square kilometres of land covering areas near the Saara stream to River Semuliki through River Lamia to the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Some of them settled in areas within Bwamba county within Bundibugyo district.
The area leaders say that the government needs to resettle the victims and provide a permanent solution to the problem. Resettlement would involve the relocation to safer areas and providing support for them to establish infrastructure and sources of livelihood, away from the deplorable conditions they are currently living in.
Jacob Kaharorwe, one of the displaced residents told URN that five acres of his land and gardens were all destroyed by mudslides. For people like Kaharorwe, home is no more, and the future looks bleak as they remain camped at Kiraro Primary School
Government acquired the vast land and processed a title in 2016 to resettle people who had encroached on Kyangwali settlement land. During a visit to the area on Friday, residents informed the minister that there was another title on the same piece of land.
Onek says that the President received several complaints regarding the resettlement exercise. According to Onek, the President has instituted a team of officials from Uganda Peoples Defense-UPDF, State House and the police to investigate the exercise.
The Ugx 25 Billion project to be executed by the ministry of water and environment will see the construction of 75 deep boreholes the districts of Amuru, Gulu, Nwoya, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader and Agago. Six piped water facilities will be supplied in Koch goma, Unyama, Awere, Kitgum Matidi, corner Kilak and Adilang rural growth centers.