By John Kibirige
A cabinet subcommittee chaired by the 3nd Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Moses Ali on Thursday, 26th July 2012, traveled to Eastern Uganda to assess the problem of landslides and make recommendations to government for possible relocation and resettlement of the affected populations.
The ministerial team will cover not just the Bududa area but will also carry out a risk assessment for the entire Bugisu and Sebei sub regions covering the districts of Kapchorwa, Kween, Bukwo, Manafwa, Sironko, Bududa and Mbale and Bulambuli,said release from the Uganda Media Centre
The subcommittee includes the Ministries of Water & Environment, Education, Health, Office of the Prime Minister and Agriculture.
Many mountainous areas of Uganda continue to face the problem of landslides but recently the situation has been more pronounced and more disastrous in Bugisu and most notably Bududa district.
Studies have shown that the occurrence of landslides in Bugisu sub region is not new. It is a historical phenomenon that dates back to the 17th century and even periods before that. Owing to the mountainous terrain of the area and the loose volcanic soils, the area has always been prone to and will continue to experience landslides.
To address this challenge, and the unfortunate consequent loss of life and property, the government is working on a programme for a lasting solution to the problem of landslides in the sub region.
The government says it will work with community leaders in the affected regions to identify land in Bugisu and Sebei that does not pose any danger of landslides and resettle people in demarcated plots.
Government says that the area will be urbanised to provide social amenities like schools and health facilities. The people will in this case be going back to their original land for farming and other economic activities.