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Government Falters on Aiding Landslide Victims

\"The office of the prime minister will be purchasing a piece of land every year to resettle victims of landslides in Rwenzori and Elgon regions\"
Government has failed to fulfill the promises it made to Bududa landslides victims last year. Government made several promises following the devastating landslide that killed more than 200 people in Nametsi village.

 

 

 

The promises includes resettling all the people who are in high risk areas, recovering all the bodies from the rubble, erecting a monument and holding a national day of mourning for the victims.

 

President Yoweri Museveni visited the area shortly after the landslide and ordered for a road to be constructed up to the scene of the landslide but nothing has been done.

 

 

 

Currently it takes two to three hours for one to travel on foot from Bukalasi trading center to Nametsi a distance that would ordinarily take twenty minutes drive if the roads were paved.

 

 

Wilson Wotira, former Bududa LC V chairman says none of the promises has been fulfilled apart from the relocation of some victims to Kiryandongo in Masindi. 

 

Wotira suspects that government might have prioritized relocation and setting up of infrastructures in Masindi. Major General Julius Oketta the relief and disaster coordinator in the office of the Prime Minister acknowledges that the office of the prime minister has not done what it had promised for the landslide victims.

 

 

Oketta says he will resume the program next week when the new ministers have reported to office. Musa Ecweru the disaster state minister says the office of the prime minister will be purchasing a piece of land every year to resettle victims of landslides in Rwenzori and Elgon regions.

 

He says the prime minister’s office will also setup national and regional early warning centers for disaster.

 

 

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