The relocation of the first batch of landslide victims in Bududa to Kiryandongo has flopped.
Up to 3,000 people were to be relocated to their new home in Kiryandongo this morning. But this has not happened as earlier scheduled.
Musa Ecweru, the State Minister for disaster preparedness, explains that the exercise has been suspended because of the ongoing NRM primary elections for flag bearers.
Ecweru says that Government has felt it unwise to relocate the landslide victims during a major election process.
The minister says that the exercise has been re-scheduled to September 14th.
The 3000 victims will be resettled in block 18 in Kiryandongo refugee settlement camp. Ecweru says the area already has facilities like schools, boreholes and health centers formerly occupied by Sudanese refugees.
In Bududa the local leadership says they are not aware of the latest development.
Wilson Watira, the Bududa LC5 Chairperson, says they were still expecting official communication from the office of the prime minister on the postponement of the exercise.
Last week, some victims complained that they had not been consulted about the relocation. Some said that they are not willing to be relocated outside Bugisu sub-region.
8,000 people were displaced by a devastating landslide, which swept through Nametsi village on 1st March this year killing an estimated 250 people.