Protests as Government Surveys Land for Relocating Landslide Victims

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However, some of the beneficiaries and Bududa district leaders are opposed to the proposal. In November, the beneficiaries petitioned government through the Budada district council against the move.

Government has embarked on surveying land in Bunambutye Sub County in Bulambuli district earmarked for resettling Bududa landslide victims amidst protests from some of the beneficiaries.  Recently, government through the Office of the Prime Minister acquired several hectors of land in Bumufuni, Buluguya and Mabale villages in Bunabutye Sub County to host more than 150,000 households from the disaster prone areas in Bududa district. However, some of the beneficiaries and Bududa district leaders are opposed to the proposal. 

In November, the beneficiaries petitioned government through the Budada district council against the move.  
                                                    
John Baptist Nambeshe, the Bududa LC V chairperson wants government to implement a resolution by the Inter Ministerial team to resettle the landslide victims within the district. The Inter ministerial team, which was chaired by General Moses Ali, recommended assessed and approved 17 urban centers in Bududa to host the landslide victims.
 
The committee recommended that government puts up modern buildings for accommodating the disaster victims in the selected urban centers. Nambashe says the 8 billion shillings government spent to purchase land in Bulambuli is a waste of tax payer’s money because the beneficiaries are not ready to move. The money is part of the 39 Billion shillings earmarked for relocating about 30, 000 families living in the risky areas of Mt Elgon Region.

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Francis Mulakama, the LC1 Chairperson of Nametsi village where several people died in the 2010 landslides asks government to reconsiders its position to relocate the landslide victims to Bulambuli district. He says the money government wasted on the land in Bulambuli should have been used to purchase land in Bududa.

Nyasio Mudimi, the Bulambuli County Member of Parliament who is also monitoring the survey exercise says they have so far surveyed four blocks which were found suitable for resettlement. He says government plans to resettle the disaster victims in cluster for easy provision of basis social services.

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Bududa is a landslide prone area that has experienced at least three serious disasters over the last three years. The main ones were in March 2010 in Bulucheke and Nametsi areas, where an estimated 300 people are believed to have been buried. On March 02, 2011 another landslide swept Kubehwo, Namangasa and Nametsi viallges in Bukalasi sub-county killing an estimated 300 people but only 92 bodies were recovered and 31 survivors rescued.  On June 25th 2012, another landslide occurred in Bunakasala parish following a heavy down pour and claimed the lives of 8 people.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.