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Buliisa Flood Victims Renew Calls for Compensation, Resettlement

In 2020, more than 3,500 families in Buliisa were displaced after floods submerged their homes and destroyed property worth millions of shillings at various landing sites.
Houses submerged by floods at Wanseko Landing site.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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More than 3,500 families whose homes were submerged by floods in Buliisa district have renewed calls demanding compensation or resettlement. 

In 2020, more than 3,500 families in Buliisa were displaced after floods submerged their homes and destroyed property worth millions of shillings at various landing sites. 

  

The most affected were from Wanseko, Katanga, Masaka landing sites in Kigwera Sub-County and Kawaibanda, Butiaba, Boma, Kigangaizi, Tugombili in Butiaba town council, Walukuba, Bugoigo, Kamagongoro, Kigungu, Serule, Piida, Waisoki, Triangle and Magali in Butiaba sub-county, Kabolwa and Kigoya landing sites in Buliisa sub-county.     

The victims were then accommodated in churches, schools, and under trees while others erected makeshift structures.

In 2021, Robinah Nabbanja, the Prime Minister rushed to the area to assess the magnitude and degree of destruction caused by the floods.   She assured the victims that the government would compensate and resettle them.

Nabbanja then explained that the government was profiling all flood-affected persons in the district for their resettlement.   

She tasked leaders in Buliisa district to work closely with her office to ensure that the resettlement plan was worked on.

However close to three years now, the flood victims have never been resettled nor compensated. 

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, some of the flood victims wondered why the government abandoned them despite being registered for compensation.

Moses Kiiza, one of the flood victims says many families that resorted to renting after floods raided their homes have run out of money adding that some landlords have started evicting them.

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Fredrick Wathum, a resident of Kisansya village in Buliisa town council says, after being registered by the government, they thought they would be compensated or resettled but to date nothing has been done.

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Jasper Tibimanya, the defense secretary at Wanseko landing site in Wanseko town council says, most affected families have lost trust in the government. He says the only assistance that the government offered them was 4kgs of Posho and four cups of beans and since then, no other assistance has been offered.

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Tom Kaahwa, another victim says to date, life has become miserable for them wondering why the government has abandoned them. He says despite several appeals made to the government, they are yet to get any redress.

He says after the water levels reduced, they attempted to re-occupy their dilapidated homes but they were blocked by the government.

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Kamanda Kabagambe, the Buliisa sub-county LCIII Chairperson wonders why the government has neglected the flood victims in Buliisa.

Fred Lukumu, the Buliisa LCV Chairperson says that they registered and profiled all the flood victims and forwarded their details to the office of the prime minister-OPM but to date, they have not received any response.

Billy Rwothungeyo, Africa Media Officer at Minority Rights Group International has tasked the government to immediately intervene by ensuring that the victims are compensated and resettled.

He says by not compensating or resettling the victims, they feel neglected and abandoned in their own country, yet they even pay taxes to the government.