On Sunday, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja met some of the flood victims at Butiaba and Wanseko landing sites in Buliisa district and assured them that the government will soon find land to resettle them.
The government through
the Office of the Prime Minister plans to resettle over 3,500 people displaced
by floods in Buliisa district resulting from the rising water levels in Lake Albert.
Floods have displaced thousands of people in Butiaba and Kigwera Sub counties
and Butiaba town council in Buliisa district since March last year.
The most affected people
are from Wanseko, Katanga, Masaka landing sites in Kigwera Sub-county and
Kawaibanda, Butiaba, Boma, Kigangaizi, Tugombili and Walukuba. Others are
Bugoigo, Kamagongoro, Kigungu, Serule, Piida, Waisoki, Triangle and Magali in
Butiaba sub-county, Kabolwa and Kigoya landing sites in Buliisa
To date, the flood victims are stuck in churches and schools where they took
refuge while others sleep under trees as floods continue ravaging the area. On Sunday,
the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja met some of the flood victims at Butiaba
and Wanseko landing sites in Buliisa district and assured them that the
government will soon find land to resettle them.
She explained that the
government is currently profiling all flood-affected persons in the district
and draft a comprehensive plan for their resettlement.
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She has tasked leaders in Buliisa district to work closely with her office to
ensure that the resettlement plan is worked on. She however did not specify when
and where OPM will resettle the flood victims.
Her office donated 137
bags of maize flour, 27 bags of beans, 845 tarpaulins, 217 plastic basins and
1245kg of sugar among others to the flood victims. She was however puzzled to
learn that the earlier relief items sent by the government to the flood
affected victims did not reach them.
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Norah Bigirwa, the Buliisa Woman MP says the flood victims have gone through untold
suffering, arguing there is need for immediate government intervention to resettle
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Fred Lukumu, the Buliisa District LC 5 Chairperson, says that the only option
is for the government to resettle the flood victims as soon as possible since
most of them are still languishing under trees and sleeping in the cold.
Moses Asaba, the Butiaba town Council LC 3 Chairperson expressed his excitement
about the new initiative being undertaken by the government to resettle the
flood victims. Joselyne Atuhura, one of the flood victims from Wanseko landing
site, says that since March 2020 she has been sleeping in the cold together
with her children since the floods completely submerged their home.
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Herbert Lukumu, the Wanseko LC 1 Chairperson, says that the floods have
displaced more than 1500 families in his area since March 2020. He, however,
says that to date, the flood victims have not received any support.