8000 Landslide Victims Stranded at Bududa Camp

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Eight thousand victims of the Bududa landslide are stranded at Bulucheke camp due to government's failure to resettle them in safer areas. In April 2010, the office of the Prime Minister announced plans to relocate the victims to Kayunga district and Bunambuyte in Sironko by the first week of May. But to-date the relocation has not taken place and no explanation has been given for the delay. The delay has forced relief agencies to pull out of the camp leaving the victims stranded with little or no help at all. Stephen Nabusani the Camp Commandant says currently the 8000 victims depend on occasional handouts from the office of the Prime Minister. He says all humanitarian agencies which were providing services at the camp have withdrawn due to delays in the planned relocation. Nabusani says currently the prime Minister's office supplies only posho and beans to the victims which has forced some IDP's to occasionally sneak back to their relatives who are still leaving in the mountain to change diet. Wilson Watira, the Bududa LC5 Chairperson blames government for the delay. He explains that the local leaders identified land for resettling the victims but government has not responded as it had promised. Musa Ecweru the Disaster State Minister declined to comment on the delayed relocation of the landslide victims. He says the Prime Minister Professor Apollo Nsimbambi is in a better position to explain. Nsimbambi could not be reached on his cell-pone. A devastating landslide struck Nametsi village on the 1st of march killing more than 250 people and displaced more than 8000 people.


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