President Museveni visits Bududa mudslide victims.

On Sunday, President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Museveni visited Bukalasi, Bududa District.

Many residents lost their lives in the mudslides that engulfed their homes following the Thursday heavy downpour.

President Museveni has apologised over his government’s failure to relocate residents from the mudslides prone mountains to safer areas.

According to Mr. Museveni, the politicisation of the relocation programme delayed the resettlement process.

“Move away from the mountains and conserve nature. The politicisation of the relocation programme has been resolved. If politics had not been at the centre, then people would have been resettled in phases,” Mr Museveni said on Sunday.

Government officials including Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda; the Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Mr Hillary Onek, among other local leaders, were present.

He also promised to give UGX 5 million to families of each person who died in the mudslides and Shs2 million to each of those who were injured.

His visit comes hours after government finally delivered relief items to victims.

The items include food and other items such as tents, blankets, jerrycans, saucepans, basins, plates, mosquito nets, cups among others. The items were handed over to the victims on Sunday morning.

The district chairperson, Mr Wilson Watira, said they have already distributed the relief items to the affected families.

“We received the items and distributed to the affected families this morning,” Mr Watira said.

Close to 139 affected households with a population of 695 received the relief.

The government also contributed Shs500,000 for burial arrangements of each deceased person.Meanwhile, Red Cross also donated relief items to the victims. The items included blankets, jerrycans, saucepans, basins, plates, mosquito nets and food items like posho and beans.

 

 

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