Museveni Tells Sironko Mudslide Victims to Relocate

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President Museveni on Wednesday visited the area and told the victims that he had come to pay condolences for the people who died and support the displaced and those who lost property. Museveni said the mudslide victims should accept to relocate to a safer area government is going to resettle them.

President Yoweri Museveni has paid tribute to Sironko mudslide victims in Rusave village, Masaba sub county in Sironko district.
 
On August 28, 2017, mudslides hit Masaba Sub county burying unspecified number of people and displacing hundreds of others.
 
The mudslides also destroyed several homes, crop gardens and livestock.
 
President Museveni on Wednesday visited the area and told the victims that  he had come to pay condolences  for the people who died and support the displaced and  those who lost property.
 
Museveni said the mudslide victims should accept to relocate to a safer area government is going to resettle them. He noted that Government was going to provide iron sheets to the victims who are ready to resettle.
 
Museveni asked the community staying on top of the cliff to come and settle in the low lands.
 
"When you die we are responsible as government," Museveni noted.
 
He added that government will provide money for relocation of the people who are  in danger to  safer place.
 
Museveni pointed out that the settlement should be 500 metres away from the base of  the  cliff. He asked the mudslide victims to plant perennial crops and trees in the place where the mudslides occurred.
 
Museveni said the area is fertile and the community should embark on growing crops such as coffee and avocados. The president promised to make new roads in the area to help with transportation of agricultural products.
 
He gave five million shillings to Elgon Zone Savings and Credit Association groups in Masaba sub county.
 
Deogrious Nabugodi, who was representing the relatives of the mudslide victims told Museveni that the community in Bufupa lacks a secondary school and a hospital. Nabugodi said the community in Bufupa parish is requesting the government to provide them with a seed secondary school.
 
He said students within the community have to walk to Masaba SS which is far and the distance has caused many students to drop out of school.
 
Nabugodi further requested the government to elevate Buboolo Health Centre 2 so that it can accommodate the population in the area. He pointed out that the community have to trek  up to  Budadiri health centre IV, tens of kilometres away.
 
Museveni was accompanied by ministers Irene Muloni, Hillary Onek, Musa Ecweru and Godfrey Kiwanda. Legislators including Manafwa Woman MP Mary Kitutu,  Sironko Woman MP Florence Nambozo and Vincent Webwoya  the Budadiri East MP were also in attendance.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.