President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned Bulambuli Resettlement Project in Eastern Uganda’s Bugisu Sub-Region.
The resettlement project provides home to the land slides affected people from the districts of Bududa, Bulambuli, Sironko , Manafwa and Namisindwa.
The implementation of the Resettlement Plan followed the President’s directive in November 2018 after a second landslide had killed 53 people in Bukalasi Sub-County, Bududa District.
While commissioning 101 housing units at Bunambutye Resettlement Camp in Bulambuli District on Wednesday, President Museveni expressed his happiness to see that finally, the people who had been affected by landslides had now seen and recognized the danger of staying in the areas that are prone to landslides.
“The people were not listening and the second landslide happened. I am happy that everyone has seen the danger and we can now go and save our people,” he said.
He criticized leaders who were frustrating government efforts to have landslide victims re-located to safer places and described those detractors as real enemies of people in those affected areas.
“Those who said no that you shouldn’t, they were pretending to love the people yet they are the enemies of the people. That is why there was paralysis,” he added.
the 10-year project that is being carried out jointly by the UPDF Engineering Brigade, the Construction Unit of the Uganda Police Force and and the Mechanical Unit of the Uganda Prisons’ Service, targets resettling 10,000 people per year, giving Bugisu Sub-Region top priority.
So far 241 houses have been constructed out of which the first 101 have been completed and occupied; with the remaining 140 slated for completion in four months.
“If leaders only talk about development and they don’t talk about wealth creation, you will have good roads but stay poor,” president Museveni emphasized.
He, therefore, asked leaders to have good spectacles in diagnosing societal needs.