In the heated debate during the two-day Regional council meeting held in Moroto Municipality on the issues of insecurity, the councilors said the region has been invaded by 'foreigners' collecting minerals day and night with no benefit for the region. They say tey are tired of stories about factories that never get built.
Stephen Bangumya, one of the residents, says that he and his workers woke up on Sunday morning last week and found their gardens buried by the landslides.
The affected villages include Kigyende 1 , Kigende 2 and the neighboring areas of Omukayaga, Rwenshama ridge that are well known for their fertile soils.
There are 13 Islands and 52 gazetted landing sites in the district, However, Lolwe; Sigulu and Bukana form Bukoli Island County and has for years have been the most disadvantaged due to lack of electricity and other utilities.
Now the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development could have to return these projects to the agencies. In a meeting with officials from UEGCL, Minister Ruth Nankabirwa indicated that the management of Kiira and Nalubaale hydropower dams will revert back to the government company, when the current concession held by Eskom runs out in three months’ time.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Robert Kasande says it is unfair for anyone to say the government abandoned the people in the times of a pandemic, saying they just ran into problems and has to respond to demands by those able to afford the full costs.