Watira says that many people are taking advantage of the disasters to Bududa to hype their political interests. Some, Hijack items donated by the government and personalize them, he said, adding that several others claim that the items are sent to the area as a result of their lobbying.
Bududa District Chairperson Wilson
Watira has warned organizations and individuals against politicking the distribution
of relief items to victims of recent landslides in the area.
Watira says that many people are
taking advantage of the disasters to Bududa to hype their political interests. Some,
Hijack items donated by the government and personalize them, he said, adding
that several others claim that the items are sent to the area as a result of
Watira was speaking at Bushika
Secondary School during the delivery of relief items to the landslide victims by
the Uganda Red Cross Society, on Sunday.
The Uganda Red Cross Society delivered
items like saucepans, plates, tarpaulins and blankets to over 120 families
which were displaced by landslides on December 3. The landslides hit the
villages of Naposhi, Shikhururwe and Namasa in Bushika Sub County and Naroko in
Bunabutiti Sub-county. More than 30 people lost their lives in a disaster that displaced
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Watira also called upon the government
to expedite the relocation plan for Landslide victims saying that the delays
are subjecting many families to untold suffering.
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Ibrahim Ssenyonga, the Red Cross
National Disaster Response Relief Officer for Eastern Region says that the
relief they delivered is aimed at seeing people have a better life after
Ssenyonga also reiterated the call for an expeditious
relocation of victims to a safer place but hastened to add that the government
needs to review the approach and instead give people money to acquire land in
places of their choice so that they can quickly leave the disaster-prone areas.
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The victims who received the
relief told Uganda Radio Network that they are still struggling to cope with
life in the places they are living. Many
of these have pitched camp in the nearby Churches and schools while others are
being hosted by relatives and friends.
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.