Leaders in Buliisa Protest Delayed Resettlement of Flood Victims

By John Bosco Tugume

Leaders in Buliisa have protested the delayed resettlement of thousands of people who were displaced by floods.

In March, more than 3,500 families settling on the shores of Lake Albert in the sub-counties of Butiaba, Kigwera and Kigoya were displaced by the floods resulting from the increasing levels of Lake Albert. Some of the families were forced to seek refuge in Churches, Schools and under trees.

Mugenyi Malitabu, the Butiaba Sub County LCIII Chairperson wonders why government rushed to relocate flood victims in other parts of the country but abandoned those in Buliisa.

Simon Agaba Kinene, the Buliisa LCV Chairperson says that they have submitted several reports to the government through the Office of the Prime Minister for intervention in vain.

Norah Bigirwa Nyendwoha, the Buliisa District Woman Member of Parliament says that the relief items which include blankets and food that were delivered to the victims by the Office of the Prime Minister were insufficient.

Longino Bahebwa, the Resident District Commissioner Buliisa says his office is yet to make a follow-up about how with arrangements to have the flood victims resettled.   He, however, called on the victims to be calm as the government is looking for fund to acquire land and have them resettled.

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