By Isaac Mugera –
President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned the Bulambuli Resettlement Project in Eastern Uganda’s Bugisu Sub-Region. The resettlement project provides home to the land-slides affected people from the districts of Bududa, Bulambuli, Sironko, Manafwa and Namisindwa.
The implementation of the Resettlement Plan followed the President’s directive in November 2018 after a second landslide had killed 53 people in Bukalasi Sub-County, Bududa District.
The President directed the Office of the Prime Minister to implement and supervise the project.
While commissioning 101 housing units at Bunambutye Resettlement Camp in Bulambuli District yesterday, President Museveni expressed his happiness to see that finally, the people who had been affected by landslides had now seen and recognized the danger of staying in the areas that are prone to landslides.
“The people were not listening and the second landslide happened. I am happy that everyone has seen the danger and we can now go and save our people,” he said.
He criticized leaders who were frustrating government efforts to have landslide victims re-located to safer places and described those detractors as real enemies of people in those affected areas.
“Those who said no that you shouldn’t, they were pretending to love the people yet they are the enemies of the people. That is why there was paralysis,” he added.
President Museveni once again extended his sympathy and condolences to the people who lost their loved ones in the landslide tragedy in Bududa and the surrounding districts. He asked the wananchi to utilize productively the land that has been given to them so that they are able to generate income for their families. He proposed to them to undertake both food and cash crop production and also use the backyard of their houses to increase household income.
The President expressed appreciation towards the Office of the Prime Minister for a job well done on record time.
1st Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Moses Ali, said the 10-year project that is being carried out jointly by the UPDF Engineering Brigade, the Construction Unit of the Uganda Police Force and the Mechanical Unit of the Uganda Prisons’ Service, targets resettling 10,000 people per year, giving Bugisu Sub-Region top priority.
He said despite the delay by some selfish people, 241 houses have been constructed out of which the first 101 have been completed and occupied; with the remaining 140 slated for completion in 4 months’ time.
The minister for Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Hillary Onek said that