East Africa

Government accused of abandoning Bududa landslide survivors

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Over 500 families that were relocated by the government to Bweyale in Kiryandongo District in the aftermath of the 2010 landslides have remained homeless and do not have social services in their new habitat.

This follows reports that the government has failed to deliver full resettlement packages that the survivors were promised when they were resettled on a seven square-mile ranch which has been turned into a refugee camp.

Currently, there is only one borehole serving the entire population. Most of the survivors say social services like health and education in the camp are wanting.

Kiryandongo District authorities have blamed the Office of the Prime Minister for the survivors’ plight claiming that officials in OPM officials always by-pass them preferring to deal with the survivors directly.

Speaking at the handover of ten houses to selected families Panyadoli primary school  on Friday, Mr Ben Moru, the  Kiryandongo District chairman accused OPM officials of hiding information from them there by making it hard for the district to come up with interventions.

“We need more primary schools and health centres. We need to maintain sanitation here and ensure that parents take children to school but the OPM is not sharing information with the district,” he said.

The 10 commissioned houses were built by Habitat International using proceeds from the 2012 MTN Marathon.

Asked why government has not delivered the full resettlement package to the survivors, Mr Musa Echweru, the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness said the survivors should appreciate that the government built 100 houses for them and gave each of them a minimum of 2.5 acres of land.

“This is their permanent land and we encourage them to own it. We tried to open some land for them to plant food for their survival but the crops did badly,” he said in a telephone interview.

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